Sri Lanka to construct water villa resorts in Kalpitiya to promote islets resort concept
Sri Lanka’s Cabinet of Ministers has reportedly granted approval for a water villa resort to be set up in three leased islets off Kalpitiya in the north western coast of the country.
Sun Resort Investment Lanka Ltd. had submitted a proposal to set up water villas on three islets already leased by the firm. The firm will set up 50 water villas on Wellei I, Wellei II and Wellei II islets, the Daily FT has reported.
In a bid to develop tourism in Kalpitiya and to promote the islets resort concept, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has already acquired 12 islets.
The Sri Lankan government has said countries such as the Maldives, Indonesia, Vietnam, Mauritius, Mexico, Cambodia, Fiji, Greece, France and Switzerland were operating water villas and bungalows successfully whilst attracting a significant number of high-end international tourists.
Water villas and bungalows are constructed in an eco-friendly manner in the shallow waters around the islands and equipped with innovative and hip accommodation.
The Cabinet paper was submitted by Sri Lanka’s Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga.
Sri Lanka’s tourism industry was one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the country when the global Covid 19 pandemic brought about global travel restrictions. Tourism authorities in Sri Lanka is continuously exploring new concepts and methods to promote the country’s tourism industry. Tourist arrivals to the country has seen an increase since the reopening of the country’s borders early this year. Sri Lanka’s airports have received the internationally recognised safety and hygiene certifications making the island an attractive travel destination in post Covid travel. Sri Lanka is also fast becoming a business hub in the South Asian region. All these have expanded business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. Internationally acclaimed hospitality brands have expressed interest in entering Sri Lanka, further highlighting the growing business/investment potential in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.
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