Tourism in North develops under Uthuru Vasanthaya
The Government's development program under Uthuru Vasanthaya will
mainly focus on tourism development in the Northern Province. The
Tourism Ministry will soon launch short to medium term development
projects under the Uthuru Vasanthaya program.
The Tourism Ministry has collected and identified information on
tourist promotional projects, through different agencies and will
implement them in the North. Tourism in the area has been untapped for
more than three decades due to the war situation, Tourism Ministry
Director Planning Anura Ranasinghe said.
He said the projects will include tourist investment promotions,
access, visitor facility development and sanitation and the development
of tourist attraction and accommodation facilities.
All short term projects are expected to be completed in 180 days
while the medium term project will be completed within two years. The
most important at this moment is to develop the human resource, he said.
Programs are also underway to start a Colombo and Jaffna domestic
flights service, improve and develop hotels, rest houses, tourist
bungalows and other accommodation facilities. A booklet and a website
will also be launched covering tourist attractions in the North,
Ranasinghe said several religious places in the North including
Nallur, Madu, Nagadipa, Calvary temple and Murrukan temple will be
developed and tour operators enlightened on these places of worship.
These proposals could be speedily implemented if the Government
resettles all Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) in their homelands and
once the infrastructure in the area is developed.
According to Government sources with the dawn of the peace and
normality after three decades of war, IDPs are still in camps and basic
infrastructure facilities are in primitive stages. If these issues are
addressed, the tourist industry will have an exponential growth, Tourism
Ministry sources said.