Tourism became a major economic activity in Sri Lanka during 1970s. In recent years, however, the tourism industry has grown rapidly in Sri Lanka, Especially after the civil war in Northern and Eastern parts of the island.
The industry has been significantly hampered by the political unrest in the period of 1983 to 2009. As a result, Sri Lanka’s major source countries for tourism (Germany, France, England, Switzerland, Italy and Holland) advised their citizens not to travel to some parts of the island, in some occasion, they warned the citizens travelling all around the island. as the civil war in northeast Sri Lanka ended in 2009 most countries withdrew their negative travel advisories paving the way for the development of the industry. There have been some positive signs emerging recently regarding the tourism industry, reflecting that the industry is gradually gaining normalcy.
The Sri Lankan government regards tourism as a priority sector from the viewpoint of achieving sustainable economic growth and reducing Sri Lanka’s dependence on tea, rubber and coconut which is subject to price fluctuation.
Sri Lanka Tourism development plan for Katana
Sri Lanka government led by united people freedom alliance (UPFA) is planning a large-scale tourism development plans for Katana electorate in Gampaha district. Authorities are planning to improve the tourism infrastructure in the region aiming to turn Katana in tourism hub in the district. The project will be launched with the help of economic development ministry and tourism ministry.
Land with 80 hectares in extent will be allocated for the project, and which is located near the Bandaranaike international airport, Colombo, Katunayake. Facilities such as hotels, restaurants, airline services, nightclubs and recreation facilities for holidaymakers, shopping facilities will be also developed in the region. There are four five star hotels to be built with 2300 rooms under the plan and the hotels are equipped with all modern facilities such as shopping malls, exhibitions centres, convention centres, access for all the modern communication facilities.
The proposal for the project was submitted to the approval of cabinet by Minister of Economic Development Basil Rajapaksa. After being granted the green light from the cabinet, the Ministry of Economic Development is yet to start with feasibility studies of the plan.
It is estimated that the project will generate 10,000 jobs at the completion of the development plan and it is to be completed in few stages. The government is expected to invest the first stage of the plan wi