Sri Lanka spends more money to spruce up tourist sites

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s tourism authorities will work closely with provincial governments and spend more money this year to upgrade tourist sites to ensure better facilities and access for visitors, an official said.

Janaka Sugathadasa, Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism Development, said Rs680 million has been given by the Treasury to develop tourist-related infrastructure in the provinces.

“We need to provide more facilities, better access to facilities and new and alternative facilities for tourists,” he told a news conference.

The tourism authorities will also “work closely with the provincial councils as tourism is a shared subject between the central government and provincial councils,” he said.

Separate allocations have been made to spruce up tourist destinations like Trincomalee and Batticaloa in the east and Nuwara Eliya in the central hills, Sugathadasa said.
“Rs100 million will be invested in jetties for water transport on the island’s waterways,” he said.

Another Rs25 million has been allocated to upgrade facilities at religious sites that are of tourist interest.
(COLOMBO, Jan 09, 2016)

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