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7 December 2022 11:17 am - 14     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


The Wildlife Department has received a record income from tourists who came in luxury passenger liners, Minister Mahinda Amaraweera said.

He said 551 tourists on the ship that arrived on November 30 visited the Yala National Park in 110 vehicles. Accordingly, the wildlife department had earned Rs. 6,219,560 on that day.

The super luxury passenger liner ‘Mein Schiff 5’ arrived at the Port of Colombo on November 30, bringing over 2,000 passengers and 945 crew members.

86 tourists on board the ship that docked in on December 5 visited Yala Park in 18 vehicles. The department earned Rs. 981,981 in revenue. According to the minister, only 148 local tourists visited during these two days.

The Minister instructed the Wildlife Department to open more ticket counters so that they get maximum time to visit the Yala National Park when foreign tourists visit. (Chaturanga Pradeep Samarawickrama)

  Comments - 14

  • Sri Wednesday, 07 December 2022 11:27 AM

    Don't make politics out of tourism rather leave it that for experts and Economists to manage it .. Politicians should learn how to do green politics free from all is the main causes of our downfall ... Corruption intrudes every departments in Sri Lanka .. Bring some laws how to deal with it . Bring some laws to clean politics in this country..

    innathan Wednesday, 07 December 2022 11:45 AM

    i suggest having online payment portal to buy ticket for them in foreign currency so no need to wait in counter

    Sunil Wednesday, 07 December 2022 11:49 AM

    And your son having a circus in Yala. What a country

    Nilmini Welivita Wednesday, 07 December 2022 12:43 PM

    But my relatives do their best to ruin wildlife sanctuaries.

    Mark Anandappa Wednesday, 07 December 2022 01:26 PM

    He is a Agriculture Minister - He usually shares his two cents on matters that is not related to him always.

    Waco Wednesday, 07 December 2022 02:03 PM

    Do not compare locals and foreign tourists. This income should treat as a Bonus to the country. Government must develop the Tea,Rubber, Coconut, Paddy Cultivation, Minor Export Crops, Dairy Industry etc,etc, Sri Lankan economy should based on Agriculture.

    Sam Silva Wednesday, 07 December 2022 11:31 PM

    Very true and most of our country people do not understand. They do not want to get their hands dirty.

    Andare Wednesday, 07 December 2022 04:01 PM

    Whether it is on Tourism, Wild Life or Agriculture, the main actor with a grin always on the TV is this man Ma Am.

    Buddhist Wednesday, 07 December 2022 05:05 PM

    What did this minister do to those who drove vehicles into wildlife sanctuary? Absolutely nothing because his nephew was involved. Should he still be the minister in charge?

    Proudly IndiAn Wednesday, 07 December 2022 05:16 PM

    Many Asian countries destroyed their forests and nature because of surplus population and greed. I hope srilanka would not repeat this mistake. This is the gift of god srilanka is blessed with. Take care.

    joshua Wednesday, 07 December 2022 08:31 PM

    What has happened to your son who played avoc at Yala? You do not dereve to be the wildlife minister.

    Kps Wednesday, 07 December 2022 08:59 PM

    Locals like your relatives does the opposite. No punishments too

    Mahila Thursday, 08 December 2022 10:04 AM

    Harin should get the Kudos and this guy is trying to Hijack that!!?? What isyour portfolio, do that properly, letting your son wild as animals!!?? Ofcourse what else could one expect from such people???

    Man Thursday, 08 December 2022 10:44 AM

    But, third class treatment to wild life by clearing jungles and another 5,000 acres to be cleared in Monaragala.

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