Eastern province hotels to be upgraded
With the dawn of peace the Eastern province is to have more hotels to
develop the tourism industry in the country.
Coordinator for Tourism Development in the Eastern Region, A.M.Jaufer
said there are nearly 1000 hotel rooms existing in the Eastern province.
These hotels are located in Nilaveli, Batticaloa, Arugam Bay, Passikudah
“These hotels need to be upgraded to required standards to cater the
demand that will increase in near future. With the new investments in
these areas there will be more hotels, which will increase the hotel
room capacity in the Eastern province,” he said.
“Most hoteliers in the Eastern province are not aware of the
standards that need be adopted in the hotel sector. We are in the
process of educating these hoteliers and providing required assistance
to restart their operations,” he said.
“Most of the lending institutes have come forward to provide
financial assistance for these hoteliers. Not only hoteliers, we will be
facilitating other entrepreneurs in the industry to revive tourism in
the Eastern province,” he said.
“In addition, the infrastructure facilities of these areas will soon
be developed. The road system will be completed in 2010 while the area
is supplied with water.
Hoteliers in these areas face power breakdowns regularly. Electricity
to hotels has to be provided with low rates and continuously. The hotels
will be equipped with features such as Spas and Ayurvedic treatment for
visitors”, said Jaufer.
The Tourism Development in the Eastern Region will implement many
projects in tourism and leisure industry.
These projects will enhance the cultural impact on tourism and
broaden the concept of eco-tourism in the Eastern province. Kudumbigala
and Magulmaha Viharaya will be developed as new attractions in future.
Galoya National Park will be developed as a tourist attraction and there
is need for a domestic airport he said.
An International Surfing Competition and Beach Run is organized as
Meanwhile Arugam Bay Tours (Pvt) Ltd will invest Rs.123 million on a
three- star hotel project in Arugam Bay. This is a BOI project and
construction will commence in September.
This project will create two hundred indirect and fifty direct job