More jobs under tourism expansion programme
COLOMBO: The Sri Lanka Tourist Board (SLTB) has generated nearly 500
employment opportunities in the tourism sector under 51 new tourist
establishments registered with the SLTB from January 1st to April, 30,
2006, Chairman SLTB Udaya Nanayakkara told the "Daily News".
According to the Chairman, the total investment in the 51
establishments were Rs. 882 million and this includes four hotels, 22
guest houses, eight restaurants, 11 travel agencies, one tourist shop,
two spice gardens, two bread and breakfast outlets and one heritage
The four hotels that came into operation are Ambalama Leisure Lounge
in Hanwella with 14 rooms, The Palms in Beruwala with 106 rooms, Talalla
Retreat in Gandara with 32 rooms and Galway Beach in Beruwala with 54
The new hotel rooms have increased the room capacity to 206,with an
investment of Rs. 565 million and 211 employment opportunities created.
At present there are 14,000 rooms and the target is for 25,000 rooms in
2010. Meanwhile the newly registered 22 guest houses consist of 216
rooms. The room capacity range from 5 to 18. The total investment for
the 22 guest houses were Rs. 256 million. There were 177 employment
The investment in the eight new restaurants were Rs. 28 million and
44 employment opportunities were created.
"The increase in tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka has created confidence
with the investors that investment in tourism will generate dividends to
them. Meanwhile there is a substantial increase in the domestic tourism
market and locals dining out at many tourist restaurants", he said.