Sri Lanka moves to regulate adventure tourism
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka plans to create ‘standards’ for adventure tourism in the sea, land and air with involvement of the military, a government statement said.
The move had been initiated by the Central Project Management Unit of the Ministry of National Policy and Economic Affairs and the Policy Development Office of the Prime Minister’s Office with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Board
"There are International Standards for all adventure activities, the need was for Sri Lankan Standards, equal to the international Standards to be developed," the statement said.
"The Sri Lanka Burau of Standards is already involved in this task. They were present and agreed to involve all stake holders in this process. The meeting decided on the some important follow up steps."
The Sri Lanka Navy will call a meeting of water based adventure service providers to assess the present status.
"In the same way, the Sri Lanka Air Force will coordinate air based adventure activities through a meeting of stake holders," the statement.
The Special Forces of the Army will focus of land based adventure.
It is not clear whether the military will continue to be involved in leisure activities of the people or it will be a one-off measure.
"The Sri Lanka Insurance Board will look into the insurance cover aspect of adventure providers and participants," the standards.
The statement said the move was to promote self-regulation and safety.
The Prime Minister’s Committee of Vocational Training will also develop a National Standard Qualification for Adventure Trainers.
It was not clear whether the regulations will cover only safety or the state and the military sought a bigger and continuing role in controlling and directing the leisure activities of the people. (Colombo/Apr21/2017)