Several tourism projects in the pipeline


By Mario Andree

A top tourism official said Colombo has attracted several tourism projects which the tourism authority expects would realise very soon.

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Chairman Dr. Nalaka Godahewa told The Island Financial Review, the industry is witnessing a rapid boom after a 30 year conflict which crippled the number of arrivals and to cater to the demand Sri Lanka is in much need of lodging capacity.

He said there are several tourism projects in the pipeline for Colombo as Sri Lanka has emerged as a tourism hot spot, the private sector also venturing for hotel projects in assisting to provide the capacity and to generate additional income.

The Island Financial Review earlier this week reported on two new projects for Colombo which await approvals of the Urban Development Authority.

Dr. Godahewa said the evaluation of the 11 bidders attracted by tender to develop 11 islets in Kalpitiya has gone through a cabinet approved procurement committee and the potential investors are now in the process of one-on-one interviews with the treasury department.

He said in addition to the lodging capacity issue the industry is facing shortage of human resources and the authority is working towards developing the much needed resources.

He said currently there are around 125,000 directly and indirectly employed in the sector which needs to increase to a minimum of 600,000 by 2016 to cater to the 2.5 million tourist expected to arrive.

He added that the postal department would be issuing a special stamp which would also be recorded as the longest stamp to remember the 25th anniversary of the viceroy special train service which was celebrated yesterday (02).

He said the authority is expecting to further develop the viceroy special service which has evolved as a major tourist attraction.

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