Tourist arrivals to increase by 2.5 m in 2016
Sri Lanka Tourism expects to increase tourist arrivals by 2.5 million
in 2016. In 2011, tourist arrivals increased by 30 percent. During the
past six months that number increased by eight percent, Sri Lanka
Tourism lecturer Upali Rathnayake said.
This was revealed at the media workshop on tourism at the Colombo
University Economic Department on June 24. The programme was held under
the patronage of Colombo University Vice Chancellor Prof Kanishka
Sri Lankan Airlines official Buddhika Hewawasam said, around 127,000
tourists arrived in the country last year from India while 20,000
tourists came from China.
"Community based tourism is important to develop this sector. People
in the country need to think that tourists are also a part of the
country's economy. It will be a new development point of view," Sri
Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman Bhaswara Senanka Gunarathna
Colombo University Economic Department lecturer and coordinator Dr
Suranga Silva said: "every part of the country is connected with
tourism. With the development of tourism all other industries can also
Tourism in the Northern and Eastern parts of the country can be
developed as well, he said.
Ven Prof Vijithapura Wimalarathana Thera, Prof Sarath Kotagama, Sri
Lanka Tourists Hotel Owners Association's Chairman Anura Lokuhetti,
Government Additional Information Director Chandrapala Liyanage and Prof
Kamal Waleboda addressed the workshop. Media coordinators were Sham
Nuwan Ganewattha and Patum Wickramarathna.