UNWTO acknowledgement of Sri Lanka boost for tourism
Vice Presidential representative of Asia for the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) at the 22nd General Assembly of the UNWTO held in China last week Minister of Tourism, John Amaratunga acknowledged it as the organisation distinguishing Sri Lanka as a proficient tourist destination.
“Many were looking forward to being appointed for the position of Vice President for the Asian region, but the outgoing General Secretary of the UNWTO, Taleb Rifai recommended me for this prestigious position. As the Vice President of UNWTO I can enhance the image of Sri Lanka in the eyes of the international community as an emerging tourist destination,” he said.
Amaratunga also said that UNWTO proposals would present an array of advantages towards upgrading the country’s tourism sector.
Sri Lanka’s August 2017 tourist arrivals increased by 2.5% to 190,924 arrivals compared to 2016 figures, with Indian tourists accounting for a larger proportion of visitors.
From January-August 2017 a 3.5% increase in total arrival was recorded totalling 1.406 million visitors for the period.
Tourism Secretary Esala Weerakoon, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Chairman Kavan Ratnayake, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman Udaya Nanayakkara, SLITHM Chairman Sunil Dissanayake, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau Chairman Prema Cooray and other industry officials were present to felicitate the Minister.¹
Tourist arrivals indicate a boom in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. Similarly such acknowledgements by organisation like the UNWTO further helps to stimulate the industry.
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