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According to a report in HospitalityNet, Sri Lanka has announced plans to develop new tourism zones to attract visitors back to the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean.”
“At least five and up to eight ‘Themed International Tourism and Family Entertainment Zones’ are being designated in state-owned land, selected for their outstanding natural beauty. They include beaches, mountain and forest regions, extending over more than 1,500 acres,” says HospitalityNet.
The full plans will be revealed this month at the Asia Hotel & Tourism Conference taking place in Colombo.
"We will be working with government ministries to deliver themed international tourism and family entertainment zones, and to open them up for foreign investment. The conference will be an ideal opportunity to explain what we will be doing and to attract international finance,” Sri Lanka Tourism Club chairman, Dr. Prabath C. Ukwatte, a founding sponsor and co-organizer of AHTIC, told HospitalityNet.
One of the attractions of the plan is its transparency and plans call for all types of activities and developments.
“The developments will include luxury tourism, eco-tourism, wellness and yoga, as well as adventure and family activities,” reports HospitalityNet.
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And while plans are still being organized, the first development is already under way.
“The first zone in a five-year plan – Lanka Patuna – is already under initial construction – over 450 acres of beautiful beach land. It will have capacity for 25 – 30 luxury hotels,” notes HospitalityNet.
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