Tourism

Tourism and Water Management: Is Sri Lanka Paying Enough Attention?

In this feature article marking World Tourism Day (27 September), Kanchana Wickramasinghe argues that the hotel sector must pays more attention to the importance of water conservation. She reveals that water consumption, per guest, in a hotel can be around three times that of the average consumption of a person staying at home. In this scenario, the relationship between the tourism industry and water resources becomes a key area of concern for sustainable tourism development. Sri Lanka has witnessed a significant growth in the arrival of tourists from all around the world, with more investments taking place in the hotel sector to cater to this demand. Consequently, the demand for water resources has also increased in this process.

Giving Tourism a Green Shade: Studying Environmental Practices in Sri Lanka’s Hotels

Marking World Tourism Day 2012, Kanchana Wickramasinghe discusses a pioneering new study that attempts to measure the impact on the environment of Sri Lanka’s booming tourist hotel sector.

Tourism boom in the East: is the transport infrastructure ready?

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?