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Sri Lanka to call for proposals to develop Dedduwa tourism zone

ECONOMYNEXT- Sri Lanka will seek proposals from consultants and developers to set up a tourism resort in Dedduwa, the cabinet office said.

"It has been planned to develop the Dedduwa area as a tourist destination through public and private partnership," a statement said.
 
The government said that it is planning an ‘integrated tourism development project’.
 
The government will obtain the services of a local or international consultancy agency with experience in transaction advisory services for large scale projects through an expression of interest, the cabinet office said.
 
Expressions of interest and business proposals will also be sought from parties interested in developing the project, the statement said.
 
Tourism Development and Wildlife Minister John Amaratunga, Lands and Parliamentary Reforms Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka and Ports & Shipping and Southern Development Minister Sagala Ratnayake jointly forwarded a cabinet paper, which was approved.
 
The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority in February 2019 had said that the plans to set up tourism zones in Dedduwa and two other locations had been delayed due to concerns over how land would be allocated to investors. 
 
Dedduwa is located slightly south and inland from the beach tourist resort of Bentota on Sri Lanka’s west coast. (Colombo/Aug01/2019)