Tourism picks up in East
Chamber formulates new plans :
Eastern Province Tourism is picking up in the region with the dawn of
The number of foreign and local visitors coming to Arugambay,
Pasikudah and Nilaveli is increasing daily.
Chamber of Tourism and Industry
Chairman A M Jaufer handing over the proposals to MP Sarath
Facilities available to the visitors need improvement. The new
opportunities can also be utilized to the development of living
standards of the people in the area. After taking into consideration the
facts the newly established Chamber of Tourism and Industry has
formulated a comprehensive set of proposals to be implemented.
The document containing these proposals was handed over to
Digamadulla District MP District Co-ordinating Committee Chairman Sarath
Weerasekera by Chamber of Tourism and Industry President A M Jaufer in
Colombo last week.
Among the proposals are improving interior roads leading to the
beach, electricity and water supply, standardization of hotels in the
area, creating awareness among fishing community in the region on the
importance of tourism, a program to keep the environment clean,
developing inland fishing in Inginiyagala Senanayake Samudra, Irakkamam
Kulam, Ampara Kulam and Periya Kulam Akkaraipattu, Attalachchenai
Konawatte river and the lagoons of Pottuvil and Panama, developing
religious and historical places in the area as tourist attractions and
Maha Oya/Padiyathalawa hot water springs, establishing a mini aerodrome
in Panama or Lahugala and improving the Ampara airport runaway enabling
to land AN 32 aircraft, construction of international level sports
complex in Arugambay, improvement of fruit and vegetable cultivation to
cater to the tourism industry through new technical inputs and
reconstructing the Kalmunai Rest House effected by the war, to consider
constructing a new railway line from Batticaloa to Arugambay.
On receiving the proposals Weerasekara said he has already written to
the Tourist Board Chairman requesting him to appoint a committee to
recommend on the development activities related to Tourism in the Ampara
He said he will also take up the matter with the Economic Development
Minister and international donor agencies to implement suitable
With the Government targeting 2.5m tourist arrivals by 2016, the
requirement of hotel rooms is 30,000.
Presently the country has only 14,500 hotel rooms. It is important to
meet this target with good quality facilities. In order to achieve this
objective the Chamber will be the only private institution to support
the industry with Government assistance.
Lighthouse feted for energy efficiency
Jetwing Hotels not only grabbed Gold for its flagship hotel, the
Jetwing Beach in Negombo but also clinched Merit for Jetwing Lighthouse
and a Bronze for Jetwing Hunas Falls in the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy
Awards Presentation on Tuesday evening at the BMICH.
Jetwing has been in the forefront of green practices for quite some
time now and all of its properties are under a green wrap ably lead by
Jetwing Engineering Head Jude Kasthuriarachi.
The Colombo Municipal Council inspected food outlets, within the city
limits during the food safety week declared by the Health Ministry.
Colombo City Hotel was awarded "A" Grade certification for maintaining
excellent food with standard of hygiene and safety at an Award ceremony
held recently. General Manager Travin Gerreyn, Chef Kithsiri Premalal
and the staff of Colombo City Hotel with the award. Picture by Susantha