Today is the World Tourism Day (WTD).
While the day (September 27) will be celebrated worldwide this year as well, under the theme Tourism & Water: Protecting our Common Future, the Maldives will be the host country of this year’s official celebrations. Centered on the theme ‘Tourism and Water: Protecting our Common Future’, World Tourism Day 2013 will underline tourism´s responsibility and needed commitment to preserving the world´s vital water resources.
The World Tourism Day celebrations in Sri Lanka will be marked with the contribution of all stakeholders related to travel and tourism industry, facilitators and service providers.
Sri Lanka Tourism, under the guidance of Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa has also made several arrangements going inline with this years theme of the WTD, ‘Tourism & Water: Protecting our Common Future’. Accordingly, Sri Lanka Tourism has organized a beach cleaning program covering the beach areas of Hikkaduwa, Benthota and Unawatuna.
The program will start at 8.00 am on each of the above mentioned locations today (27), with the participation of tourism sector stakeholders such as the hoteliers, school children, members from youth clubs, general public and government officials.
A Tree planting program will also be organized today in Bentota by the Sri Lanka Tourism. The Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Bhaswara Gunaratne and Sri Lanka Tourism officials will participate in this event.
An art competition under the theme ‘Tourism & Water: Protecting our Common Future’ will be held among the Hikkaduwa and Bentota schools. The idea of this event is to get the local community involved in the tourism sector and also pass on the benefits derived from the industry to the local community.