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KumbukRiver vies for top spot again

Sri Lanka receives two nominations :

Responsible tourism, the world's fastest growing industry has again put Sri Lanka on the map with two nominations for the country in the travel Oscars- the world travel awards' latest edition.

KumbukRiver eco-lodge

KumbukRiver, the one-of-a-kind eco-lodge which beat the world's leading green operators to be named the world's leading eco-lodge at last year's awards in Turks and Caicos Islands off Miami USA, has for the third consecutive year, been nominated for the coveted seven kg bronze statue, hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the travel Oscar. KumbukRiver is a 14-acre green resort nestled on the banks of the Kumbukkan Oya bordering Yala in Okkampitiya.

Presenting Sri Lanka a double celebration and a chance for a second global award this year is the Responsible Tourism Partnership of Sri Lanka, a non-profit foundation bringing together Sri Lanka's leading lights in tourism and conservation.

It has been nominated as the world's leading responsible tourism initiative. RTP Sri Lanka implements a mandate which sees the development and implementation of practical sustainable tourism solutions to help protect and enhance Sri Lanka as a tourist destination promoting Sri Lanka as a highly valued responsible tourism destination for visitors while coordinating and managing the delivery of tourism and related projects with the objective of contributing towards the economic, environmental and social well- being of the people of Sri Lanka are also among its objectives.

It is of significance to note that both nominations from Sri Lanka are in the field of responsible tourism signalling the emergence of the country as a trailblazer in this highly competitive and fast evolving sphere of development. While RTP Sri Lanka brings together well-known personalities of Sri Lanka's tourism and conservation spheres KumbukRiver has been a groundbreaking effort by The 7th Frontier, a team of young brand professionals.

"It's a significant achievement for Sri Lanka to be recognized twice in the sphere of responsible tourism.

Sri Lanka should now capitalize on the two nominations and put the accolades into good use in turning Sri Lanka into the world's leading destination in eco-tourism," said Brand Guru Dinesh Watawana, whose company created the award-winning green destination.


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