‚ÄėIntroducing more leisure yachts will be a money spinner‚Äô
YATCHING: Sri Lanka should look to woo leisure yachts to sail to the
country said the Minister of Fisheries Felix Perera. This concept is
widely used in the Maldives.
Minister speaking to the Daily News after launching the region‚Äôs
first fisheries boat powered by fuel and sail at the Mirissa
Marina bay in Male.
said that over 500 luxury yachts go to the Maldives every month very
close to this area.
‚ÄúThese yachts are occupied by millionaires and Sri Lanka should try
to anchor in this area,‚ÄĚ he said.
Minister said that they would have to build a marina bay (State
parking area) for these yachts and provide them free access to visit the
Minister said that he would forward this proposal to the Ministry of
Tourism and also seek the assistance from immigration to go ahead with
He said that though Sri Lanka is surrounded by sea the export
earnings from the sector is very low as countries like India, Malaysia,
Indonesia earn over US $ 3 billion for a year, from the fish exports and
related tourism activities like yachts to anchor.
He said that they could charge a fee of US $ 500 from each yacht for
anchoring in the marina bay and the cottage industry and tourist hotels
in the area would have additional income.
‚ÄúThe infrastructure in the area is very good with several star hotels
in Koggala and Galle while there are so many tourist attractions such as
the Galle fort and Light house to attract tourists,‚ÄĚ he said.
Construction of a marina bay has a considerable initial investment
and he said that they are looking at entities such as BAFF and the
government for financial assistance.
‚ÄúWhen this concept is a reality we would introduce it to other areas
as well,‚ÄĚ he said. Touring on the yachts allows total flexibility,
maximizing a tourists surf time. Mirissa area is also famous for whale
watching and this too could be promoted for tourists.
In the Maldives there are pompously built yachts which are equipped
with showers, toilets, life-jackets, first aid kits, stereo, zodiac,
snorkeling and fishing gear and are all fully crewed with Skipper, cook,
deckhand and most importantly an expert surf guide to get you to the
best waves at the right time.