Category: Sigiriya.

‘Sigiriya’ to attract more tourists

The Deputy Minster of Economic Development, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, yesterday informed the authorities concerned to take steps immediately to develop Sigiriya which is a world heritage declared by UNESCO, to attract more tourists. He said that only a 22% of tourists who arrive in Sri Lanka visit Sigiriya.

Minimizing the traffic at the ticket counter, enhancing the sanitary facilities, maintaining a disciplined business environment and ensuring of an organized and regularized tour guide service were some of the measures that were discussed for implementation in order to achieve tourism goals by 2016.

The minister further informed to refrain from issuing new licenses until the allocation of space for shops and boutiques is streamlined and also to provide official identity cards and uniforms as a temporary measure to tour guides thereby safe guarding the tourists from bogus businessmen.

Identifying a village in Sigirya to exhibit our cultural heritage and traditions including folk dances, traditional food items and products to the world was also discussed. It was revealed that 108 folk games have been already indentified.

The Project Manager of Cultural Triangle, Vajira Ferdinando, the President of Sri Lankan Tour Guides Association, Joe Livera, Officials of the Sigiriya Protection Organization and officials of the Ceylon Tourist Board also participated in the discussion.

Category: Sigiriya