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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2956

Sri Lanka to launch USD4 billion mega Kalpitya integerated eco-friendly tourism project

Colombo, 26 December, ( Sri Lanka Government is planning to launch a US Dollar 4 billion eco-friendly mega tourism project in 2009.

According to Bernard Goonatileke, Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Board and Chairman of the Kalpitya Integerated Tourism Development Board, arrangements are completed to launch to turn Kalpitya as the tourist destination for high spenders.

He said that they have planned to develop the mega Kalpitya project as an international tourist destination and the Board has planned to develop 14 islands located in between the North of Puttalam and South of Mannar.

Bernard Goonatileke speaking to Asian Tribune said that the envisaged mega Tourism Projects will be based on nearly 4,000 acres of land. He also revealed that nearly 90% of these lands belong to the Government and the balance required lands need to be acquired at a latter stage of the development.

According to Benard Goonatileke the conceptual plan of the project is to be completed in 4 to 6 years.

He added that the Kalpitya Integerated Tourism Development Board has planned to invite international tender for this project in the early part of 2009, for those interested to indicate to their interest and also to give proof funds available with them to implement those projects.

Interested party has to indicate whether they are bidding for the tourist promotion of an Island or several islands. It is said that interested bidders can also indicate whether interest in participating in other projects such as in hotels, golf course, marinas etc., said Benard Goonatileke.

So far many tourist promotions companies in India, China and in many from Scandinavian countries have indicated their interest in participating in this tourist project.

Asian Tribune learns that the Kalpitya mega integrated project is expected to concentrate on eco-friendly aspects.

- Asian Tribune -

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