Sri Lanka plans to clear illegal structures to build tourism hub
SRI LANKA plans to turn the southern city of Galle into a leading tourism hub in South Asia.
The announcement came from Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe as he addressed a forum on the development plan for Galle and its suburbs.
Galle is already an attractive destination for travelers due to the historical Galle Fort.
Galle Fort is registered as a Unesco World Heritage site, making it one of the major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.
Alongside the fort, Galle offers visitors an authentic historical journey back into Sri Lanka’s vibrant past.
The exotic trading port is a place where cultures, customs, and eras mingle through Dutch colonial buildings, mosques, churches, mansions, museums, contemporary cafes, darling boutique and restored hotels.
Not to mention the traditional and rather impressive art of Sri Lankan stilt fishing.
The new tourism plan aims to lure in even more visitors to the area while protecting Galle’s heritage.
One of the methods Wickremesinghe is employing to build Galle as a travel hub is by prohibiting future fortifications in Galle Fort.
In addition, all illegal constructions within Galle Fort would be removed and state organizations located in the Galle Fort area would be shifted without delay, Xinhua reported.
This is an action deeply appreciated by established and legal business in the area.
“We are extremely pleased that the Government has shown its capability to take effective measures to safeguard the general public and tourists who regularly visit this scenic part of the coastline,” The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka said in a statement.
The plan also aims to boost the quality of services provided by businesses with the Sri Lankan tourism industry.
With the Sri Lankan government focusing efforts on providing tourists with an unforgettable and genuine experience, there’s no better time to visit the Land of Serendipity. Who knows what you might stumble across.
Here’s a glimpse of what awaits visitors in Sri Lanka:
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