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Developing Sustainable destinations has been given top priority by SLTDA. Sustainable tourism is a long-term goal for Sri Lanka, and the importance of sustainable tourism cannot be underestimated for Sri Lanka to work towards a positive overall balance in environmental, socio-cultural, economic and experiential impacts for tourists and locals.

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Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority considers sustainability as a key driver to preserve and conserve the island’s outstanding natural and cultural heritage to safeguard the destination for our people and our visitors for now and for the future.

The country is blessed with unparalleled natural resources, wildlife, unique cultural heritage and warm and friendly locals. Being the number one designation means that we will see a tremendous growth in tourists visiting the island in the years to come. We have initiated sustainable policies to implement a clear cut sustainable tourism strategy supported by rigorous projects and programmes. This will ensure that our nation will substantially benefit from the economic growth spurred by the tourism sector and in return our resources are preserved and protected.

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UNDP SLTDA Partnership to establish a National Sustainable Tourism Certification Scheme NSTCS

SLTDA and UNDP signed an agreement to establish National Sustainable Tourism Certification Scheme NSTCS for Sri Lanka Tourism. Under this agreement UNDP is providing technical and financial assistance to the SLTDA to design and implement a pilot project for sustainable tourism certification.

The main reason for the Project to have started is to put into action the Sri Lanka Tourism Strategic Plan TSP 2017-2020. In the TSP, sustainability occupies an important place. Sustainable tourism in all aspects of tourism development and a national sustainable tourism certification scheme has been identified as a crucial element, placing emphasis on the development of the country’s tourism industry.

With international arrivals expected to rise globally, destinations strive to enhance their tourism competitiveness. While tourism growth brings positive outcomes for countries, there could also be negative impacts, unplanned tourism could lead to problems. Against this background, Sri Lanka government too with its ambitious growth targets of tourists arrivals, acknowledges that the tourism industry need to continue in offering positive tourism experiences ensuring the long term sustainability. It’s not a secret that some tourism hot spots are already feeling the pressure of tourism.

This project was designed considering the current importance given to sustainable tourism globally, and to successfully compete as a highly demanded destination. Therefore, the global context was considered in designing the project so that NSTCS will be relevant not only to Sri Lanka but also internationally.

Sri Lanka Tourism reached the No. 1 ranking as Top Destinations to visit in 2019 by the Lonely Planet, followed by Sri Lankan cuisine ranking to No. 1 in BBC Good Food 15 food trends for 2019. Research of more than 1.3 million social media posts found the Asian city location travellers most want to take a pictures of- Colombo ranked No. 1. These are very valuable recognitions that any destination would aspire to achieve. What this means to Sri Lanka is, it will experience a rapid influx of tourists to the Island. This is all the more reason why Sri Lanka should treat sustainability as an urgent intervention without delay. NSTCS will lead Sri Lanka Tourism in the right direction.

Given the vast and complex nature of all tourism service providers, this project scope considers the accommodation sector in the first phase. Already the first batch of hotels have applied for certification and their impressive sustainable practices will be recognized through this scheme.

Minister of Tourism Development Wildlife and Christian Affairs, Hon. John Amaratunga explains that 'Sustainable development is the foundation for developing Sri Lanka as a tourism destination. Our strategic plan identifies the need and the importance of growing the industry in a sustainable manner. We have already embarked on a valuable journey to retain Sri Lanka as a No 1 Destination in the World' He further stated that 'UNDP’s technical assistance in sustainable tourism is very relevant and timely to our country.'

Mr.Kishu Gomes, Chairman STDA remarked that 'Sri Lanka Tourism has optimistic goals to be achieved in the next 3 to 5 years, these deliverables can only be ensured if we grow the industry in a sustainable manner where product and service quality is maintained on par with the best of the world. Then we will have satisfied repeat tourists and they will bring more tourism to the country through word of mouth publicity.'

The Resident Representative of UNDP Sri Lanka, Jorn Sorensen stated 'The Adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals presents us a huge opportunity to put Sri Lanka on a more prosperous and sustainable development path. This is why UNDP is pleased to partner with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority to make the tourism industry more sustainable in the long run and ensure its benefits are more widely shared.'

The project involves a partnership of SLTDA, BIOFIN and UNDP. is a UNDP managed global collaboration to develop and implement an evidence-based methodology that improves biodiversity outcomes using finance and economics.

SLTDA is the government authority tasked with planning, development, regulation, and policy implementation of tourism and related industries.

Signed Agreement was exchanged by the Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Mr. Kishu Gomes and UNDP Ms. Tharuka Dissanaike, Policy and Design Specialist UNDP in the presence of the Hon John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism Development Wildlife and Christian Affairs, and Director General SLTDA, Mr. Upali Ratnayake.

Expected outcomes of the NSTCS project

  • Establishing a National Sustainability Certification Scheme enabling SLTDA to certify sustainable tourism businesses in Sri Lanka. Promoting sustainable tourism is increasingly becoming essential to balance environmental protection with development, but also enhancing competitiveness of individual tourism businesses, and promoting Sri Lanka as a sustainable tourism destination. The certification scheme will serve to mitigate the negative impacts of tourism, but also incentivize tourism businesses to transition toward environmentally and socially responsible business practices.
  • A national certification will help Sri Lanka tourism to progress toward its Vision be recognized as the world’s finest island for memorable, authentic and diverse experiences. This certification scheme will help offer high value extraordinary experiences that reflect Sri Lanka’s natural beauty and cultural heritage, that are socially inclusive and environmentally responsible.
  • NSTCS would serve to incentivize tourism providers to integrate environmentally and culturally sensitive practices making the businesses more competitive locally, and internationally.
  • Minimizing the negative impacts on the environment and local culture ensures that the country’s resources can be harnessed for generations to come. Importantly, generating income, providing skilled employment opportunities, preserving local ecosystems and cultures, and creating a positive experiences for local people, tourism companies, and tourists themselves. This maximizes the positive contribution of tourism, including contribution to poverty reduction.
  • The Scheme will contribute towards UNSDGs

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0112426800 ext. 171 & 172, ext. 171 & 172, email: [email protected] / [email protected].

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Sustainable Tourism Stakeholder Meeting

All the government agencies and industry association representatives participated in a stakeholder meeting in November 2018 to discuss and appoint stakeholder committee members for the National Sustainability Certification Scheme.

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Global Sustainable Tourism Council GSTC Sustainable Tourism Training

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority partnered with the GSTC to conduct a comprehensive training on sustainability criteria to Sri Lankan Hotels on the universally accepted GSTC sustainable tourism standards. This training was attended by over 40 hotel representatives along with the tourism sector association representatives , a strong delegation of key officials from government agencies directly and indirectly related to the tourism sector such as in wildlife, coast conservation, forestry , urban development , wildlife, cultural heritage, environment, coast conservation, industry associations - tourists hotels, tour operators and travel agents etc. too participated. 29/11/2018

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Sustainable Tourism & Digital Transformation

Under the Sri Lanka - Korea Tourism Cooperation, a seminar was held in December 2018 by experts around the world in the field of tourism and digital economy delivering timely educational knowledge to the tourism sector in Sri Lanka. The programme included a key note speech, lectures and panel discussions. Experts shared valuable knowledge and innovative solutions for sustainable tourism and digital transformation.

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UNDP BIOFIN Sustainable Tourism Project

A partnership has been created with the United Nations Development Programme UNDP BIOFIN Sri Lanka and SLTDA to obtain technical assistance through Bio Diversity Finance Initiative BIOFIN Project to establish a National Sustainable Tourism Certification Scheme NSTCS.

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Commencing with a workshop held in May 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka involving all key tourism stakeholders to discuss ‘A Road Map for National Sustainable Tourism Certification Scheme’ initial scope and modalities of a pilot project was discussed for a national certification scheme.

In developing NSTCS, SLTDA has engaged all tourism stakeholders - government agencies and the private sector in a partnership. This has provided a platform to identify respective aspirations of each party to move towards a mutually benefiting outcomes with the national interest as the foremost objective.

Given the vast and complex nature of all service providers in Sri Lanka Tourism, initial sustainability certification is selectively carried out to a sample in the accommodation sector.

The pilot project will select applicants for the certification through a sustainability survey and select qualifying hotels for certification. Currently it is only limited to hotels participated in the sustainability survey.

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If you're looking to market your product under the umbrella of sustainability and receive international certification for best sustainable practices, here’s your chance! Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority in partnership with UNDP Sri Lanka extends an invitation to the SME sector in tourism to take part in Sustainable Tourism Certification.

Benefits of the certification

  • Market your product under the umbrella of “sustainability”.
  • Receive an international certification for best sustainable practices.
  • Opportunity to showcase the environment and community benefits of your business.

Who can apply

  • Registered Tourist establishments or those who are ready to register with SLTDA.
  • Those that practice environmental conservation and offer community benefits.
  • Accommodation facilities which have upto 10 or less guest rooms.
  • Any SLTDA-registered Tourism business which has up to 10 employees (Permanent + contracted).

For more information and awareness workshop dates at the province level, email [email protected] or contact the following numbers. (From 9.00 am to 4.15 pm on working days)

  • Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority – 011 242 6800 Ext: 171 or 172
  • Western Province – 077 387 7269
  • Southern -091- 222 4072
  • Central - 081-238 7118
  • Eastern – 026 222 8884
  • Uva – 070 111 1881
  • North Central – 071 419 4459
  • North – 077 794 7500
  • Wayamba – 071 591 7771
  • Sabaragamuwa - 045- 222 3154

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Awareness Workshop on 25th March 2023

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Revitalizing and transforming the tourism sector into a resilient and sustainable sector, particularly in the post-pandemic context, requires a tourism sector approach. In this context, UNDP set out to support the rebuilding of a transformed, competitive, and resilient tourism sector with sustainable tourism experiences. Together with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, UNDP supports National Sustainable Tourism Certification (NSTC) as a joint initiative of the BIOFIN project which helps strengthen the policy and institutional framework of the tourism sector at a national and provincial level and supports the development of new products, services, and communications.

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With great enthusiasm a large number of hotels have applied for the NSTCS certification process. Already a significant number of hotels are completing the application form. The first batch of certifications will be awarded to the qualifying hotels conforming to the Sri Lanka Tourism Standards.

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SLTDA Establishes Sustainability Tourism Unit

February 1, 2023

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SLTDA and UNDP Representatives ceremoniously opening the Sustainable Tourism Unit

26 January, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) is pleased to announce the launch of a Sustainability Tourism Unit, an initiative aimed at supporting sustainable practices in Sri Lanka’s tourism sector. The unit, established with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka through the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN), will promote sustainable practices throughout the  tourism industry in the country.

Sustainable tourism intends to minimize negative social, economic, and environmental impacts while maximizing positive contributions to local communities, culture, and heritage, and is considered an essential aspect of both national and international tourism policies. In compliance with the Sustainable Development Act passed in 2017, and the Tourism Strategic Plan 2017-2020, the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) took proactive measures to incorporate sustainability in the tourism industry through introduction of the National Sustainable Tourism Certification program in 2018. The first phase of the program focused on the hotels and the accommodation sector, while it is currently being extended to include other sectors such as travel operations and destinations. The establishment of the Sustainability Tourism Unit is expected to provide support and enhance such initiatives while working towards achieving key objectives including;

  • Lead the implementation of sustainability related components of the National Tourism Policy 
  • Formulate and implement strategies to promote sustainability related concepts with private sector tourism service providers
  • Liaise with international organisations and donor agencies for sustainable tourism initiatives.
  • Implement sustainable tourism certifications programme schemes for all tourism service categories in Sri Lanka 
  • Strengthen the linkages between the tourism industry and the sustainable management of biodiversity and cultural heritage sites  
  • Strengthen collaborations between the national level and provincial level tourism management agencies

"We are committed to promoting sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka and believe that this new unit will play a vital role in achieving that goal," said SLTDA Chairman, Priantha Fernando. "We are proud to have partnered with UNDP to establish this important initiative and look forward to working together to make Sri Lanka a leader in sustainable tourism."

Commenting on UNDPs role in supporting wider tourism initiatives in the country, Ms. Azusa Kubota, Resident Representative, UNDP in Sri Lanka stated, “UNDP is proud to be a long-standing partner in the Sri Lankan tourism industry. Particularly, at this crucial time, through strategic initiatives such as the Sustainable Tourism Unit and the Sustainable Destination Certification scheme can significantly contribute towards improving people’s livelihoods and the country’s overall long-term objectives of attaining a more green and inclusive recovery from the pandemic and socio-economic crisis.”      

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Brief Description of the organization

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) is the official institution tasked with establishing, positioning, and developing Sri Lanka as a leading destination for international visitors and it is responsible for tapping into Sri Lanka’s natural potential to expand and enhance its tourism offering while benefitting investors and supporting communities, in a sustainable manner.

Prior to SLTDA being established in 2007, these functions primarily resided with the organization known as Ceylon Tourist Board / Sri Lanka Tourist Board / Sri Lanka Tourism Board which was set up in 1966 by the government of Sri Lanka an one instructional framework created under Ceylon Tourist board Act No. 10 of 1966.

Then The Tourism Development Act of 1968 provided the Ceylon Tourist Board with the statutory authority to develop tourism in a planned and controlled basis and allowed to obtain lands for development process. The Act also conferred powers for the Protection of Highways and Places of Scenic Beauty and vested authority in the Ceylon Tourist Board for the Registration and Classification of Tourist Hotels and all other tourist services.

The Tourism Act No 2005 came into effect in October 2007. With the circulation of the new Tourism act, the Sri Lanka Tourist Board Act No 10 of 1966, which was in effect for the past 41 years, was replaced. In terms of the provisions contained in the new act, the Tourism Development Fund was legally constituted, with 2 main sources remitting finances to the fund. By way of 1/3 of the Airport Tax collections and 1% of the Turnover of all Sri Lanka Tourist Board registered establishments. The Act provided for the setting up of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), thereby replacing the Sri Lanka Tourist Board. The new Tourism Boards set up under the new Tourism Act are:

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To be recognized as the world's finest island for memorable, authentic and diverse experiences.

To be a high-value destination offering extraordinary experiences that reflect Sri Lanka's natural and cultural heritage, are socially inclusive and environmentally responsible, and provide economic benefits to communities and the country.

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The Tourism Act No 38 of 2005   came into effect in October 2007. With the circulation of the new Tourism Act, the Sri Lanka Tourist Board Act No 10 of 1966, which was in effect for the past 41 years, was replaced. In terms of the provisions contained in the new act, the Tourism Development Fund was legally constituted, with 2 main sources remitting finances to the fund. By way of 1/3 of the Airport Tax collections and 1% of the Turnover of all Sri Lanka Tourist Board registered establishments. The Act provided for the setting up of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, thereby replacing the Sri Lanka Tourist Board.

Marketing and promotion are handled by the Tourism Promotion Bureau. Tourism HRD functions and the Hotels School operations are undertaken by the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management. The Sri Lanka Convention Bureau was also restructured as a statutory body like other Institutions to be managed by an independent Board of Management.

The objectives of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority as specified in the Sri Lanka Tourism Act No.38 of 2005 is as follows;

Develop Sri Lanka as a tourist and travel destination both in Sri Lanka and abroad.

Advise the Minister in charge of the subject Tourism on matters relating to travel and the tourism industry, within the policy formulated by Cabinet of Ministers, in relation to this sector;

Provide guidance to the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau to develop, promote and market Sri Lanka as a tourist and travel destination both in Sri Lanka and abroad;

Provide guidance to the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management to undertake human resource training and development activities;

Work towards the enhancement of the tourism and travel sectors in order to secure a contribution for the expansion and development of the Sri Lanka economy;

Develop and promote adequate, attractive and efficient tourist services, inclusive of the hospitality industry in a sustainable manner;

License and accredit tourist enterprises in order to develop, enforce and maintain locally and internationally accepted standards in relation to the tourism industry and other related industries;

Encourage persons or bodies of persons in the private sector to participate in the promotion of the tourism industry and the promotional and training activities connected with such industry;

Do all such other acts as may be necessary or conducive to the attainment of all or any of the above objectives.

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Ramayana Heritage Tourism: A new pathway for Indo-Lanka relations 

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The Indo-Sri Lankan relationship has been cordial and relatively stable, although there are geological tensions mounting over the presence of China in the region, which has attracted high-level political exchanges and visits at regular intervals. Nevertheless, during every visit by Indian top diplomats and government officials, including Prime Minister Modi, they have not failed to discuss cultural tourism and linking the countries with the epic story of Ramayana, where both countries have their share of the legendary story written by Valmiki.

The Ramayana is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India and an important text of Hinduism, the other being the Mahbhrata.

One of the best holistic approaches to boosting the bilateral ties is through tourism, and the government of India has been keen on developing the sea route connection between India and Sri Lanka and restarting the ferry service that was stalled during the war.

Although the ferry service is in the pipeline, the cultural tourism centered on the Ramayana Trail found in Sri Lanka has never faded. The Modi government and Sri Lanka also signed an MoU to promote Ramayana in 2016, citing that the neighbouring nations would work jointly to promote mutual tourism interests.

In fact, both governments agreed in 2008 to work on enhancing shared cultural and religious values based on Ramayana heritage.

Subsequently, in October 2021, new measures to boost bilateral travel between Sri Lanka and India came under review at the third meeting of the Joint Working Group (JWG) dedicated to tourism.

The High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka, Gopal Baglay, attended the JWG meeting and shared his views on the deep cultural and people-to-people ties between the two countries. Both delegations underscored the importance of tourism cooperation between the two countries, which flows from an inter-governmental bilateral MoU signed in January 2004.

Prior to this year’s meeting in Colombo in June 2016, the JWG meeting was held in the wake of a successful visit by the Foreign Secretary of India to Sri Lanka in October.

The Ramayana Heritage has drawn a large number of Indian visitors to Sri Lanka.It started with a few arrivals and increased when the adaptation of the Ramayana aired on Indian television in many episodes that ran for many years.

The concept of Ramayana heritage sites in Sri Lanka was born in 2008, and the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) created the “Ramayana Trail in Lanka” to promote its “Spiritual Tourism,” having cricketers Arjuna Ranatunga and Arvinda Desilva as brand ambassadors.

Between then and now, there has been commendable progress seen in promoting the Ramayana segment, but there is nothing much done about it and the time has come, post pandemic, Sri Lanka has earmarked to promote the Ramayana Trail to the next level.

Many Ramayana movies and television episodes still entertain the audience in India as well as in Sri Lanka, amongst the Hindus mainly.

According to SLTDA, at least 250, 000 Indian tourists annually visit one of the 52 sites of the Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indian tourist arrivals have dropped drastically. However, according to Jeewana Fernando, who is in charge of the Ramayana Trail at the SLTDA, they are gearing up to promote the Ramayana Trail post pandemic and have already earmarked to promote many of the 52 sites that are located in the country.

He said the SLTDA has identified and promoted only 32 sites that are located in the fabulous natural beauty of the county and is hoping to promote the rest of the attractions in the coming years.

Even the Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka last year said there are enough facts to prove Ravana was the first to use aircraft and wanted researchers and scientists to come forward with documents and knowledge proving it. The Sri Lankan government said they want to understand how Ravana could employ advanced technologies thousands of years ago to build an aircraft that was used to abduct Sita based on the Ramayana. A committee was formed with Dr. Suriya Gunasekara, an authority on Sri Lankan pre-history, and Dr. Subash Chawla, an authority on the International Ramayana. S. Kalaiselvan, former Director General of the SLTDA, has repeatedly stated that “the 52 sites identified in relation to the Ramayana are not imaginary, but have existed since time immemorial.”

The World Tourism Organization predicted in 2014 that cultural tourism would be one of the five key tourism market segments in the future, and Sri Lanka and India have agreed to work together to promote the Ramayana Heritage.

One of the top Ramayana Trails is the Sita Amman Temple in Nuwara Eliya, and Indian tourists never fail to visit.

The Sita Amman Temple is housed with statues of Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana, and Hanuman by the side of the Sita Eliya stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hanuman’s are found by this river and some are of small size and some are of large size, which tells us of the immense powers of Hanuman in transforming himself into any size.

The next most visited place is the Thirukoneshwaram Temple in Trincomalee, said to be a place where Ravana lived. Then comes the ancient Munneswaram Temple, located in Chilaw, in the North Western Province of Sri Lanka.

Both Sri Lanka Tourism and SriLankan Airlines have pledged to collaborate with Indian tour operators.There were many roadshows held in this regard in Mumbai, New Delhi and many other states in India in the past.

Fernando also said that the SLTDA annually allocates around Rs. 20 million for promoting the Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka and they have coordinated with many Hindu religious missions in India to bring devotees to Sri Lanka on the Ramayana heritage.

Indian tourists are the top visitors, and before the pandemic, in 2018, there were around 426, 000 Indian tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka, whereas Chinese tourist arrivals were only 267, 000. Sri Lanka has more attractions for all religions, and the Ramayana Trail tops them all.

While the Indian government is promoting Sri Lankan Buddhists to visit the Buddhist trails in India, it’s an opportunity for both countries to promote each other to strengthen the economies when the global economy has plummeted due to COVID-19.

Having an airport in Jaffna funded by India makes it all the easier to promote cultural tourism between India and Sri Lanka. Before it was shut down due to COVID-19, Chennai-based Tamils and Sri Lankans had started to make use of the Jaffna International Airport. Following the pandemic, there is expected to be a significant increase in tourism, and Indo-Lanka ties are undoubtedly a means of promoting the Ramayana Trail.

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    26 January, Colombo, Sri Lanka: Sri Lankan Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) is pleased to announce the launch of a Sustainability Tourism Unit, an initiative aimed at supporting sustainable practices in Sri Lanka's tourism sector.The unit, established with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Sri Lanka through the Biodiversity Finance Initiative (BIOFIN ...

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    Sri Lanka Tourism | 7,325 followers on LinkedIn. Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) was formed as the apex body for Sri Lanka Tourism under Section 2 of the Tourism Act (No. 38 of 2005). The organization (Formally known as "Ceylon Tourist Board / Sri Lanka Tourist Board / Sri Lanka Tourism Board " ) is committed towards transforming Sri Lanka to be Asia's foremost ...

  8. SLTDA

    August 11, 2021. Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), with the support from Market Development Facility (MDF), Australia's flagship private sector development program, has launched a membership drive to encourage informal sector tourism operators to register with SLTDA. The membership drive was launched recently with a trilingual ...

  9. Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

    Learn about the official institution that develops Sri Lanka as a leading destination for international visitors. Find out its vision, mission, data contributions, and role of SDI in its business process.

  10. Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

    Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Colombo, Sri Lanka. 32,687 likes · 33 talking about this. SLTDA is the official government institution tasked with regularising the tourism industry in the cou

  11. Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

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  12. Ministry of Tourism

    Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) was established under the Act No 38 of 2005. As per the section 23(1) of the Act, Tourism Development Fund is monitored by the SLTDA. Visit the Website. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.

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  14. SLTDA

    Learn about the Tourism Act No 38 of 2005, which replaced the Sri Lanka Tourist Board and set up the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, a statutory body to develop and promote Sri Lanka as a tourist destination. Find out the objectives, features and functions of the Tourism Act and the new Tourism Boards that are part of it.

  15. SLTDA

    The Tourism Act No 38 of 2005 came into effect in October 2007, replacing the Sri Lanka Tourist Board Act No 10 of 1966, which was in effect for the past 41 years. In terms of the provisions contained in the new act, the Tourism Development Fund was legally constituted, with 2 main sources, (1/3rd of the Airport Tax collections and 1% of the ...

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    With a mission of showcasing the island's beautiful attributes, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority has established a network of affordable and comfortable resorts in popular locations around the island. Set in exceptionally scenic locations in premiere hill-stations, hallowed and historic shrines, and near the beach, these resorts ...

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    The Ramayana Heritage has drawn a large number of Indian visitors to Sri Lanka.It started with a few arrivals and increased when the adaptation of the Ramayana aired on Indian television in many episodes that ran for many years. The concept of Ramayana heritage sites in Sri Lanka was born in 2008, and the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority ...

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    Sri Lanka Tourism Strategic Plane 2017 - 2020. Download Application . English Application. Sinhala Application. Tamil ... Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority No. 80, Galle road, Colombo 03. Telephone +94 112 426800 / +94 112 426900 / 2437055/59/60. Fax +94 112 444165 / 2426984. Email. [email protected].

  20. Board of Directors

    Mr. Nalin Jayasundera. Managing Director (SLAITO Representative) Aitken Spence Travels (Pvt) Limited No. 315, Level 04, Vauxhall Street, Colombo 02. Mr. Darshana Cabraal. Joint Managing Director (SLAITO Representative) Tour Blue Holdings (Pvt) Ltd No. 31/B, 10th Lane, Off Schofield Place, Colombo 03.