Tourism nets US$ 450 m

  • 13 Feb 2010 06:27:02 GMT

    [The tourism industry recorded a total turnover of US$ 450 million in 2009 an increase of over 20 percent growth compared to the corresponding year]

    [He said that only 38,468 tourists had arrived in January 2009 and this year January the number shows as 50,757]

    The boycott campaign is working really well.

  • 13 Feb 2010 10:10:43 GMT

    [Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Director General, S. Kalaiselvam told Daily News Business.

    ]

    Another `oppressed, discriminated` tamil person!

    Well done Sir, keep it up. We need more promotion to get more people coming in! At least CNN has gotten its Sri Lanka 2011 promotion campaign up!

    Pro-Eelamist people, with all due respect, please have consideration for your relatives and loved ones in the North-East. Support this, let them improve their conditions, they have suffered enough!

  • 14 Feb 2010 11:01:08 GMT

    [Another `oppressed, discriminated` tamil person!]

    Good one Snake :)

  • 14 Feb 2010 11:02:21 GMT

    Over 200 tourist locations to be developed.

    [Over 200 tourist locations will be developed by the Ministry of Tourism during the next three months in order to achieve the desired foreign exchange earnings for the year 2010.

    According to a recent Tourism Ministry research, these unidentified tourist locations are found in the country`s rural and remote sectors and also in the Northern and Eastern regions.

    Tourism Minister Achala Jagoda said that with the dawn of peace in the country, Sri Lanka is targeting 600,000 tourist arrivals this year.He said to develop the tourism industry we need to introduce tourist locations.

    The Southern and Eastern coastal belts, the up country and other historical places are ideal locations to woo tourists to the country.

    He said the tourist arrivals declined during the past 30 years due to the war. There is a need to construct over 50,000 hotel rooms to cater to the demands of the tourism industry.

    He said the Government should conduct international sporting events, exhibitions, conferences, fashion shows and various other entertainment programs in Sri Lanka to attract more foreign tourists.

    `For the first time Sri Lanka Tourism will establish tourist villages in the picturesque beaches of Kalpitiya, Nilaweli and Pasikuda.]

  • 14 Feb 2010 11:03:31 GMT

    Number of tourists to Jaffna on the rise.

    [Around 200,000 local and foreign tourits have visted Jaffna during the last week due to the steps taken by the Government to eradicate terrorism from the country.

    This is the first time such an unprecedented number of tourists had visited Jaffna via the A-9 road after 30 years owing to the moves taken by the Government to restore peace in the North and the East, Tourism Minister, Achala Jagoda told the Sunday Observer yesterday.

    The Minister said a large number of local and foreign tourists had visited key historic places in Jaffna last week including the Delft Islands and the temples in Nagadeepa. Special boat services have been commenced for the benefit of the tourists to vist Delft and Nagadeepa islands.

    The Tourism Ministry has already formulated a program to develop the infrastructure facilities in the North and establish observation spots in the North. Arrangements have also been made to establish three Tourism Complexes in Jaffna, Mullitivu and Mannar districts with modern facilities.

    According to the Minister hundred-acre land plot will be reserved from each district to set up these Tourism Complexes. The Government will seek the assistance of investores to construct these tourism complexes.

    Minister Jagoda said tourist arrivals have recorded a remarkable increase after the elimination of terrorism. Foreign tourists have shown interest to visit Sri Lanka which is one of the best and safest tourist destinations in the world.

    Local and foreign visitors can now travel to any part of the country,` Jagoda said.

    The Ministry of Tourism has decided to promote the tourism industry this year under the theme `travel freely in a free Sri Lanka`.

    The Tourism Ministry has formulated plan to increase the present number of tourist arrivals by five fold in 2016.]

  • 14 Feb 2010 11:30:00 GMT

    Thanks JR

    [`For the first time Sri Lanka Tourism will establish tourist villages in the picturesque beaches of Kalpitiya, Nilaweli and Pasikuda]

    Man, how I wish I could go back to Pasikuda again! Last time I was there was almost 30 years ago!

  • 15 Feb 2010 10:30:39 GMT

    Primates to attract eco-tourists -

    [ Primates of Sri Lanka a 156-page guide to the primates of Sri Lanka, has been published by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), as part of its efforts to promote wild life related tourism to the island.

    `Sri Lankan primates have an established track record of generating millions of US dollars worth of television coverage,` bureau Managing Director Dileep Mudadeniya.

    It is hoped this book would attract much attention and draw in a higher number of eco-tourists.

    `We realized in our search for new tools for gaining media coverage in promoting Sri Lanka we would have to think differently and creatively.

    `Because of the fascination for primates in developed countries, they offer a good medium through which we can gain access to print and television in these countries.

    `Even high end travel magazines such as Conde Nast Traveller run stories on primates and so do other travel magazines such as Wanderlust. We therefore realized that it would help Sri Lanka to have a publication which could be used by print and television media as a credible brief,` he said.

    The story of ancient Lanka has its beginnings in the culture of stone, the stone age. An ageless, timeless period, the Stone Age in Sri Lanka is said to have stretched from 125,000 BC to 1000 BC. Encompassing tens of thousands of years, the scales are so vast that we still cannot measure it properly. It is like peering through a telescope, looking at a world so far away that is visible only in fractions, a fleeting glimpse here and there. This era is called prehistory. The time before the dawn of history.]

  • 15 Feb 2010 10:31:48 GMT

    [It is during the period that we find traces of early man. He appears to have lived almost everywhere along the coast, on the plains and amongst the rolling grasslands of the hill country. The richest evidence however survives in caves. It is only then that the stone Age begins to take shape in our minds. At caverns like Fa Hsien lena, near Buthsinhala (35,000 3400 BC ) Batadomba lena in Kuruwita (29,000 9500 BC ) and Beli lena in Kitugala (28,000 1500 BC ).

    The Balangoda Man is a popular parlance, derived from his being responsible for the Mesolithic Balangoda Culture first defined in sites near Balangoda. The bones are robust, with thick skull-bones, prominent brow-ridges, depressed wide noses, heavy jaws and short necks. The teeth are conspicuously large. These traits have survived in varying degrees among the Veddas and certain Sinhalese groups, thus pointing to Balangoda Man as a common ancestor.

    `Primates are a group of animals that fascinate television audiences world-wide. This is especially true of countries in Europe, which are an important source of tourism for Sri Lanka. In the 1980s, the BBC filmed The Temple Troop and in 2009, Natural History New Zealand launched the 13-part series, Dark Days in Monkey City. Both of these drew on the work of the Smithsonian Primate Project in Polonnaruwa,` SLTPB said.]

  • 15 Feb 2010 18:16:16 GMT

    [It is during the period that we find traces of early man. He appears to have lived almost everywhere along the coast, on the plains and amongst the rolling grasslands of the hill country. ]

    This proves that Kandy is also part of the Traditional Tamil Homeland(TM)!