Ten-year national plan to revive tourism from next year
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Chairman Priyantha Fernando says a 10-year national action plan is to be introduced next year.
In addition, Fernando said provincial sustainable tourism units have been established covering all nine provinces in Sri Lanka to support regional development through tourism.
“We’ve identified approximately 5,500 tourist attractions across the country and are currently looking at ways of developing these areas furthermore.”
Moreover, plans are afoot to revive local and international tourism to the Northern Province with the opening of Jaffna International Airport on December 12 this month will see five weekly flights operating from India to Jaffna Airport. It is also expected to develop the ‘Karainagar’ area in Jaffna as a tourist zone in the future.
Meanwhile, Tourism Minister, Harin Fernando said the government has 49 Tourism Zones, of which 14 have been gazetted and whilst the others will also be gazetted before the end of the year.
Meanwhile, Tourism and Land Ministry-Secretary W. A Chulananda Perera said Sri Lanka is planning on developing Sigiriya and its adjacent areas which include Rama Kele, Kaludiya Pokuna and Pidurangala area as tourist attractions places with the support of the Asian Development Bank.
Whilst emphasising the need to create a tourism culture in Sri Lanka, Perera said it is planned to put forward suggestions for the next budget to create a land bank mechanism which gives updated information regarding land management in Sri Lanka.
Moreover, the Ministry is planning on allocating land for tourism-related projects in less than one law in the future.
Explaining further, Perera stated that plans are underway to introduce a policy relating to land use with the support of the Land Use and Policy Planning Department.