Elephant Reach to expand
Sri Lanka is an all inclusive tourist attraction which can be
promoted by individual companies with Government assistance.
"Sri Lankan beaches are popular among Indian surfers and India will
be a country that can attract a large number of tourists to the
country," Elephant Reach Hotel Yala Director Malinga Fernando told Daily
"Sri Lanka is known as a budget destination among many tourists and
we have to come out of that mentality. The tourism and leisure sector is
connected with airlines, hotel chains and guides. Therefore, these
sectors should be connected and given support by the Government," he
Elephant Reach has acquired a land and will expand the hotel to 50
rooms from 35 rooms with an investment of Rs 45 million.
In addition, a Spa will be set up from April next year as a tourist
attraction. It has also acquired a 50 acre land close to Yala and will
invest Rs 25 to 30 million on luxury camping and cottages for tourists
in the future.
"The average stay of a tourist is limited to one or two days outside
the Yala National Park and we need to increase their staying if we need
to promote tourism in the area.
We expect to promote agro tourism to which the areas will be ideal,"
he said. There are many tourists coming from countries such as United
Kingdom, Germany and Russia for safari tours.
"We had an 80 percent occupancy rate for this year," Fernando said.