Think out of the box to address present challenges- Minister Dr. Bandula Gunawardhana
Transport, Highways and Media Minister Dr Bandula Gunawardhana yesterday said that people should think in a novel way, deviating from conventional ideologies, in order to face the current economic crisis.
He added that transportation is an essential factor for the development of tourism and tourists show more interest in travelling by train.
The Minister was speaking at the inauguration of ‘Pubudina Meegamuwa ‘ Western Breeze Festival, Beach Carnival, Kite Festival and Cultural Show, organised by the Western Province Tourism Board (WPTB), the Negombo Tourism Service Providers Association (NTSPA) and the Negombo Tourist Hotel Owners Association (NTHOA).
He said that his Ministry started a number of luxury tourist trains like ‘Ella Odyssey,’ ‘Seethawaka Odyssey’ and ‘Yal Nila’ which have become popular with local and foreign tourists.
“The Ella Odyssey train has become popular even internationally. In future, we will work towards starting a special train for tourists through Negombo, to Puttalam areas”, he said
“The trains will also become a means to popularise the tourism business in this region, including the Negombo area. We hope to implement a special programme jointly with the WPTB”, he added
“People are no longer fooled by political slogans. In order to face the current economic crisis, we need to think anew, away from traditional thinking”, he said .
WPTB Chairman Sudath Hewapathirana, representatives of NTSPA and NTHOA, and a large number of local and foreign tourists attended the event.
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