Monday, May 5, 2014

Sri Lanka shows its wild side as country aims to increase tourism

Sri Lanka has a huge and diversified eco system, with a larger part of the island nation still green and unexplored. 
Many foreign investors have already pumped in money to develop Sri Lanka as a tourist destination. 

“You can see how serious we are to promote tourism in the country.

The island has more than eight national parks and many wildlife sanctuaries. Water tourism is another specialised and unexplored segment of the island nation
The island has more than eight national parks and many wildlife sanctuaries. Water tourism is another specialised and unexplored segment of the island nation

"We have built a second international airport even though we have Colombo’s Bandaranaike International Airport. 
"This is only to ensure that tourists get access to Yala National Park, which has the highest number of leopards in Asia and boasts of other wildlife in its diversified ecosystem,” said a Sri Lankan tourism department official. 
The island has over eight national parks and many wildlife sanctuaries. 
Water tourism is another specialized and unexplored segment of the island nation which is picking up in a big way with all those who visit here. 
Tourism currently contributes to over 5 per cent of its GDP and the government expects the figure to go up to 7.5 per cent next year. 
“We have many unexplored areas in the country which tourists would love to visit. 
"We do not have any major industries in our country and also being an island state we have clean pollution-free beaches,” said another official.