Yala National Park earns Rs.700 mn in 2017

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The Yala National Park has earned Rs.700.58 million in 2017, the highest income earned by a national park in Sri Lanka, the Sustainable Development and Wildlife Ministry has said.

The number of people visited the Yala National Park last year was also recorded as the highest number of visitors.

Out of the 397,122 persons visited the park, 207,927 were local tourists and 189,195 were foreign tourists.

According to the Government Information Department, the Udawalawe National Park has earned an income of Rs. 358.44 million with 236,867 visitors while the Horton Plains National Park has earned Rs. 361.09 million with 345,480 tourists visiting the park.

Last year, a total of 1,635,467 tourists visited Sri Lanka's national parks generating an income of 2.04 billion rupees.

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  • N V Jen Saturday, 17 February 2018 10:55 PM

    But, what are you doing to improve the greenary in Yala, despite earning massive income. We visited this pary last year. There are no signs of any new tree planting, as there are still large spots without much trees. Need to plant fruit bearing trees, which will support more birds

    sphkl Saturday, 17 February 2018 11:19 PM

    But no toilet inside the park rest place . Bunglows are pathetic not looked after or up graded whats the point . 500 jeeps a day inside the park per day what is the point ....money , money for how long untill u destroy the park. Is it worth it ????

    Warra Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:41 AM

    This is where the wild life department gets it wrong. They only worry about the money they make. The park is over crowded and you end up leaving the park in dissapointment. It was a first hand experience for me, Where you hardy see any animals. I will not return back to tue park and waste my time and money. Regulate the amount of jeeps going into the park to 100 jeeps a day, and go visit some of the biggest parks in Africa. If not Yala wilp be know as a overrated park and you will not have any returning visitors again.

    Henry Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:50 AM

    All these collection goes to the treasury and at least a reasonable amount was not spent on the development of these national treasures. Last December a group of us stayed nights at Ondachci bungalow in Yala, Broken taps in Toilets, flushes don't function in addition the water pumped from the nearby lake is dark brown and muddy! don't they have money even to filter the water? Cooking is done with the same water, mattresses and linen are dirty not replaced for years. SO THERE'S NOTHING TO BOAST by the Ministers or the concerned ministry. Tour operators ply at their own speed and avoid road bumpers by driving at edges of roads at the risk of the travelers this bad action deteriorate the roads? Is there anyone to look after these valuable asserts of our country?

    Raj Gonsalkorale Sunday, 18 February 2018 05:07 AM

    The two comments made here are absolutely spot on! Although the parks generated more than Rs 2 billion, it doesnt appear that even 10% of this has been spent for the welfare of the animals and the environment that attracts that kind of income. This was the case some years ago, and it is till the same. If the horse really dies, as it is bound to soon, you cannot flog it anymore. Or the Hen that is laying Golden eggs will also die.The income generated goes directly into the Treasury coffers, and the parks only get an annual allocation which basically covers the salaries of employees and a pitiful amount to improve the parks.

    Chanaka Sunday, 18 February 2018 06:12 AM

    Very pathetic, no proper toilets and infrastructure. Just boosting on revenue won't help this place to be a better one

    Bandu Sunday, 18 February 2018 07:50 AM

    With all these income lets buy duty free car for our ministers.

    Jude Sunday, 18 February 2018 09:27 AM

    I guess half that income came from Nature Lover Hon.Sajith Premadasa the Leader-in-waiting!!!???

    mike Sunday, 18 February 2018 09:31 AM

    idiots of yahapalanaya should realize poor animals suffer without no of people / jeeps being restricted for a day. india certain parks only 25 jeeps per day. go on rape the country

    Raj Sunday, 18 February 2018 10:16 AM

    Real sad news that we have exploited the wildlife Over the next 20 years this income will reduce to Zero if nothing is done to control the traffic and make it sustainable. Can assure nothing will be done

    Brainmaster Sunday, 18 February 2018 10:26 AM

    I used to go there frequently. Now I will not go again. The park is overcrowded. More tourists and few animals. Jeep mafia. A disaster. via DM Android App

    Imtias Sunday, 18 February 2018 10:31 AM

    Believe me, next time you visit Yala , you would see animals tied on to trees near by the safari route including some animals from Africa.

    Ceylon Sunday, 18 February 2018 04:20 PM

    Earning billions by just showing animals.what happen to this billions?.cost of living increasing allmost daily.stolen trillions not bring back to country.???.

    Roger Halliday Monday, 19 February 2018 03:05 PM

    Pls tell us where the money Will end up. Probably it will vanish into thin air. Could this government enlighten the people how the money from the highway is used???

    Jambu Mudalali Monday, 19 February 2018 03:33 PM

    This one seems a bit clearer thoughhttp://www.traveldiaries.asia/yala-earns-700-million-2017/


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