The key question remains, in the short to medium term, will investments come from big businesses in the Western Province and abroad, or will it be mainly from sources within the regions themselves? Due to years of slow growth, regional enterprises do not have sufficient ploughed back capital available to expand into larger operations, especially in post-conflict areas and lagging regions
The country currently has around 14,800 hotel rooms. The SLTDA estimates that to cater to a growing tourism sector, an additional 40,000 rooms need to be built. Thousands of rooms in the East alone are to be built. With such goals for greater occupancy capacities, the pressures on the transport link from Colombo to the East become tighter. The key question then is , will the transport infrastructure grow in line with this boom in tourism that post-war Sri Lanka intends to achieve?