Home / Travel / Tourism/ Tourism Minister assures support to strengthen tourism in Kandy

Tourism Minister assures support to strengthen tourism in Kandy


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Wednesday, 4 April 2018 00:00


 

  • Stresses need for comprehensive approach from all parties 

Tourism Development and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga held a discussion with the Kandy Hoteliers Association – a representative body of hotel owners and operators in Kandy – to discuss ways in which the industry can be strengthened in the area. 

The meeting, held at the Minister’s office in Colombo, was significant as the tourism industry in Kandy – a top tourist destination in Sri Lanka – was impacted by the recent violent incidents in the Kandy district. The minister and the hotel operators discussed at length the measures through which the tourism industry in the area can be strengthened despite the damage caused by some isolated incidents of violence. 

The Minister said a comprehensive approach was needed from all parties to further strengthen the tourism industry in Kandy and to make the tourists aware of the importance of visiting the hill capital of Sri Lanka. He also thanked hotel operators in the district for seamlessly supporting the industry by ensuring safety of tourists. 

The Minister particularly commended some hotel operators who allowed tourists to stay in their hotels free of charge until the violence ceased. He also added that the hospitality industry stakeholders were instrumental in mitigating the damage the Kandy incident caused to the tourism industry-at large. “Such gestures,” he said, “go a long way in shaping the global image of Sri Lanka.” 

Sharing their viewpoints, the association urged the tourism authorities to hold more promotional activities in Kandy to attract more tourists to the hill capital. The Minister and the tourism authorities present at the meeting agreed with this request and said they would take speedy action. As part of this programme, they said, the diplomatic community in Sri Lanka should also be made aware of the importance of Kandy and its current situation. 

Another point they stressed was to improve connectivity between Kandy and other parts of the country. They also urged to expedite the construction of the internal airport in Digana and the central expressway – two main projects involving the Kandy district. 

The Minister, in his response, said he would take up the matter with transport authority and discuss speedy implementation of the two projects. He also pointed out the importance of strengthening areas such as ‘Adventure Tourism’ and assured that he would work with tourism institutions to offer necessary support from the Government. 

 

 


Share This Article


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

The Opposition’s 20th Amendment dilemmas

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

It’s the arithmetic, stupid! A no-confidence motion against the Leader of the Opposition, R. Sampanthan, is logical and legitimate


Sri Lanka: May Day and workers’ rights

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

May Day was declared a holiday in Sri Lanka in 1956 for the Government sector, bank and mercantile sectors.


Central Bank to drive compliance of property developers

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Way back in 2009, the country’s economy was just $ 30 billion dollars and as at today, Sri Lanka is almost at three times the value touching $ 85 billion


Managing issues and reputation in tourism

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

I got sucked into the Sri Lanka tourism orbit in the 1970s when my fiancée, now wife, was working for one of the grand old men of tourism


Columnists More