Sri Lanka awaits nod for delayed tourism zones

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is keeping its hopes alive to create tourism zones in Dedduwa, Kuchchaveli and Kalpitiya, with final discussions expected to be held this week, a top official said.

"We have to wait for a policy decision from the cabinet," Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Director General Upali Ratnayake said.

"We will have the final discussion tomorrow after which we will prepare a cabinet paper to be forwarded," he said on February 06.

Ratnayake said a decision has to be taken on how the lands would be allocated for investors.

The Dedduwa project will take up to 1,800 hectares, according to the SLTDA website.

Kuchchaveli Beach Resort, on the country’s North East coast was to take up 445 acres. Earlier plans envisaged leasing land to investors for 99 years.

The Kalpitiya Dutch Bay Resort project was to give investors access to 14 islands, totalling 4,133.2 acres.

However, the projects have faced delays over the past years.

Two tourism zones in Passikudah and Yala were completed successfully, Ratnayake said. (Colombo/Feb07/2019 – SB)





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