Sri Lanka Tourism unveils 50 best tourism experiences, ‘Adaraneeya Sri Lanka’

Tourism Development, Christian Affairs and Lands John Amaratunga, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Chairman Paddy Withana and other distinguished officials launching the ‘Adaraneeya Sri Lanka’ website in Colombo. Picture by Saman Sri Wedage

 In parallel with the world’s Tourism Day celebrations , Sri Lanka Tourism yesterday unveiled the 50 best tourism experiences in Sri Lanka along with the launch of the ‘Adaraneeya Sri Lanka’ travel documentary. The day’s program also included a seminar on “Tourism for all-Promoting Universal Accessibility.”

This year, Sri Lanka Tourism celebrated the World’s Tourism day under the UNWTO’s theme, “Tourism for all-Promoting Universal Accessibility.”

‘The Adaraneeya Sri Lanka’, the latest travel program will go with the theme of Let’s see, feel and protect which will bring information on various lesser known tourist attractions in 25 districts in the country .

Speaking at the event Tourism Development, Christian Affairs and Lands Minister John Amaratunga said Sri Lanka will be able to lure 2.5 million tourists by the end of 2016 compared to 1.8 million arrivals in 2015. “Sri Lanka is going through a rapid economic growth and also having an increase in tourist arrivals, which is indeed good news for the local tourism industry,”he said.

The Minister also mentioned the importance of facilitating and creating adequate facilities for challenged people who are eager to explore Sri Lanka as accessibility is key to reach set targets in the local tourism industry. “As a country that has emerged from a three decade long war that has left thousands of citizens with various disabilities, Sri Lanka is obligated to put in place the basic facilities needed to ensure both the safety and comfort of physically challenged people.We must make every effort to use modern technology to remove barriers for people with special needs such as hearing and visual impairments.”

The minister also added that it is right time to plan ahead and make Sri Lanka a success story in providing accessibility to all in this part of the world.



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