Tourism Development ‘Road Map’ in the works | Daily News


Tourism Development ‘Road Map’ in the works

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), together with the Tourism and Aviation Ministry and the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), have planned to launch a programme to revive Sri Lanka's tourism, which has been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. To better assess the evolving COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the tourism sector, the UNDP is currently facilitating the development of a 'Road Map' towards 'Building a Safer and Resilient Tourism Sector in Sri Lanka: Post-COVID19'.

This national 'road map' is being developed collaboratively by the SLTDA, UNDP, other UN agencies such as the International Labour Organisation and World Tourism Organisation, and development partners such as the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, European Union, and the United States Agency for International Development.

A meeting on the programme is to be held in Colombo on June 29, under the theme 'Putting People First: Building a more Resilient Tourism Sector in Sri Lanka'. A draft of the said 'road map' is to be presented at the meeting.

The meeting will aim to facilitate greater input, interest, and commitment from development partners towards the development and operationalisation of the 'road map', while creating new partnerships and donor commitments for the implementation of the ' road map' under the government’s overall vision.

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