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Thursday, 26 August 2010 07:24


Presiding over a well attended Road Show held in New Delhi today (25 August 2010) Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa invited Indian entrepreneurs to invest in tourism related infrastructure development to cater to the 2.5 million tourists, a target expected to be achieved in the next few years. A large gathering of tour operators and potential investors participated at the Road Show titled ‘Sri Lanka as a Destination for Tourism and Investment in its Infrastructure’.

High Commissioner Prasad Kariyawasam, the Sri Lankan Envoy to India making the welcome remarks, referred to the historical civilisational bonds between the two nations. Sri Lanka is like a relative to India and he invited more Indians to visit their relatives in Sri Lanka more often. With regard to investment, he urged the Indian investors to make use of the very good investment opportunities with a view to create a win-win situation where the two nations could grow economically in tandem.

Dr Nalaka Godahewa, Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau making a presentation on Sri Lanka as an excellent destination for tourists and investment, said that the number of annual tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka which is about 500,000 has remained same for the last three decades. The Government is now aiming at attracting 2.5 million tourist arrivals per year in the next few years. Since Sri Lanka has not invested in tourism infrastructure for many years, there is a need for more hotels, particularly in the Eastern province. In the past, Indians have been key investors in tourism infrastructure in Sri Lanka and he hoped that more investors from India would come forward to make use of the opportunities available.