Colombo, Sept 27 (DailyNews) – The government’s aim is to earn US$ 10 billion annually from tourism and contribute that income for the economic growth of Sri Lanka under the Vistas of Prosperity Policy document,” Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranathunga said.
“Although there has been a setback due to COVID, we aim to fulfill this target once again through the reopening of the country, ‘’ he said.
Issuing a message in line with the World’s Tourism Day, The Minister said that all necessary steps have been taken to prevent the spread of COVID from tourists to the society and from the society to the tourists.
Minister Ranatunga said that Sri Lanka will become the safest country in the world free of COVID for tourists as the government has decided to complete the vaccination for all Sri Lankans shortly. The country has so far reached a key milestone with 60 percent of the population fully vaccinated including those who are engaged in the tourism sector.
Accordingly, we have been able to take a new start in rebuilding the tourism industry under the comprehensive and strong plan at the moment of celebrating this year’s World Tourism Day.Tourism is one of the sectors most affected by the pandemic. In Sri Lanka, the livelihood of nearly 3 million people, directly and indirectly, depending on the sector were disproportionately affected due to the COVID 19.
However; many countries are now entering a new phase in fighting the virus while at the same time managing the re-opening of the tourism economy.
Sri Lanka too while keeping the disease under control, has taken radical steps to revive the industry.On this decisive juncture, it is very meaningful to celebrate World Tourism Day 2021 under the theme “Tourism for Inclusive Growth.”
According to the theme we must raise awareness about tourism’s immense potential for tourists, businessmen and other stakeholders engaged in the industry to uplift those who have been badly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.