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Many projects afoot to promote Tourism

The Tourist Development Authority (TDA) has taken several steps to develop the Tourism Industry. Accordingly, attractive locations in the Southern and the Northern Regions have been identified and steps have already been taken to develop them without harming their architectural and historic values, to attract tourists after the lockdown.

A Tourism Ministry Spokesperson said that Water Tourist Residences and Water Villas will also be set up along the coastal areas in Kalpitiya. He said that many countries have set up such locations and they have been highly popular among tourists now.

Twelve small islands in Kalpitiya have been acquired by the TDA in this regard. He said that Cabinet approval has been granted to set up such projects in collaboration with Sun Resort Investment Lanka (Pvt.) Limited on these islands. The company has already acquired three islets along the Kalpitiya coastal area to set up tourist resorts comprising 50 tourist residences and water villas, he said.

Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Minister Douglas Devananda, meanwhile, has taken steps to promote the Killinochchi Tank region and the Iranathivu Coastal belt as Tourist Zones. The Minister said that the Kilinochchi Development Council has agreed at its recent meeting to invest Rs. 110 million to set up a few tourist hotels as well as jogging tracks around the tank, a safari boat service and a trade centre.

Sea cucumber is also being cultivated in 20 acres by the National Aquaculture Development Authority of Sri Lanka (NAQDA) in collaboration with the investors and fisheries societies. Rs 50 million will be invested initially by the Private Sector and the Government in this regard, the Spokesperson said.

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