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Arugam Bay to be transformed into high-income tourist destination

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President Ranil Wickremesinghe has announced the swift implementation of a comprehensive plan to elevate the Arugam Bay tourist zone into a highly desirable destination for both local and international tourists, with the potential to generate substantial revenue.

The President emphasized the importance of meticulous planning in identifying areas that necessitate development, with the intention of executing these initiatives systematically. The President further highlighted the prospect of achieving significant income by promoting water sports such as water skiing, which holds popularity along the Arugam Bay coastline.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe conveyed these remarks during a meeting held today (25) with key stakeholders in the tourism industry within the Ampara district. The gathering brought together government officials and industry professionals, aimed at addressing pertinent challenges that have emerged within the tourism sector.

The President underscored that global reports predict tourism to contribute 10% of the global gross domestic product by the year 2035. He stressed that Sri Lanka should proactively prepare for this shift and highlighted the tourism sector's potential to directly address the nation's financial challenges.

President Ranil Wickremesinghe also outlined a two-phase development plan for the tourism industry in the Eastern Province, with the ambitious goal of completing it within the next decade.

Furthermore, during his ongoing tour of the Eastern Province, President Ranil Wickremesinghe conducted an inspection of Arugam Bay and Peanut Farm beaches in the Ampara district this morning (25). The President personally assessed the areas' shortcomings and engaged in cordial conversations with the tourists present there.

Following the site visit, President Wickremesinghe engaged in discussions with the local business community to gain insights into the challenges faced within the tourism sector in the area. This comprehensive engagement reflects the President's commitment to actively addressing the needs and potential of the Eastern Province's tourism industry.

In the process of developing the Arugam Bay Coastline into a prominent tourist destination, a proposal was put forth to relocate the existing fishing port to an alternative location, equipped with necessary facilities for fishermen. This proposal was conveyed to the President by Member of Parliament Mr. W.D. Weerasinghe. In response, the President emphasized the urgency of transforming this region into a dedicated tourism area while taking swift action on the proposal.

Furthermore, the President's attention was drawn to the challenges arising from the absence of permanent property deeds for business premises within the local tourism industry. President Ranil Wickremesinghe stressed the importance of promptly submitting a comprehensive report detailing these issues, with an expectation for viable solutions to be presented.

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  Comments - 13

  • DD Saturday, 26 August 2023 01:19 AM

    Sri Lanka stands as a blessed country with an abundance of surfing havens, far surpassing many other global destinations. It's heartening to witness last man standing, our visionary leader RANIL focus on this aspect.,We mustn't neglect our other treasures—places like Mirissa, Unawatuna, Weligama, Tangalle, Hikkaduwa, Trincomalee, Nilaveli, Kalpitiya, Bentota, and Pasikuda. Consider implementing a 24/7 active tourist police presence in these locations to ensure peace of mind for visitors. Creating such an atmosphere can have a positive impact on overall safety and the overall experience. The rest of the positive outcomes should naturally fall into place.

    S.Siva Saturday, 26 August 2023 04:18 AM

    Arugambay has been a hidden gem for a long long time, thanks for some of the property owners who are doing thinks as they like and the Sri Lankans who can afford it don't get to be there.Some practices there need to change for the areas full potential to be made known to the full benefit of the country

    Gb Saturday, 26 August 2023 04:31 AM

    Most tourists head to arugam Bay for the surfing and to get away from busy tourist sites, most tourists tha visit want to in nature and meet real people, not hotels everywhere

    Jude Saturday, 26 August 2023 06:57 AM

    Idea is good but as always the execution is Poor!!

    Sambo Saturday, 26 August 2023 08:50 AM

    Transformed only by mouth. Many things said and done by our politicians have never materialized. These have become words for platforms. Do it, prove it and the people will believe it. Not till then.

    Samson de silva Saturday, 26 August 2023 09:24 AM

    This guy thinks he can fool all people all the time with his usual bullshit. Did he say there is a volkswagen car factory coming to Arugam Bay? How about free wi-Fi to the entire country and free iPads to all school children which he has been promising since 2015? You can fool some of your pimps all the time. BTW, why are you afraid of elections?

    Alex Saturday, 26 August 2023 10:23 AM

    As always start a project from the end instead of the head. Tourist Visa increase, duration of the tourist visa decrease, flights tickets increase, prices increase, no any improvement in the enviroment and keep clean the coastline. But SL want tourist a0nd build empty boxes

    Nalin Perera Saturday, 26 August 2023 01:19 PM

    This man and his tourist tout Harin do not know anything about tourists and their needs. Arugam bey is a place for foreign back packers and locals who go there to chill out. The ocean is for surfing and not swimming. Indian and chinese tourists do not come here for beach holidays. For europeans it is summer time when the east coast has its season. As such european holiday makers come mainly during winter to the west, south north west coast line beaches.

    Sam Saturday, 26 August 2023 08:27 PM

    Start by getting rid of all the touts and people who harass tourists at the airport. Probably the reason most don't come again. As a Sri Lankan who doesn't especially look Sri Lankan I can confirm they are very annoying. Small things for a tiny cost can make a big difference.

    N V Jen Saturday, 26 August 2023 10:12 PM

    Good plans by the President. But unfortunately the implementation part takes years, if not decades due to the inefficient bureaucrats and officials.

    DD Sunday, 27 August 2023 04:49 AM

    @SAMSON DE SILVA, Ranil began his political journey four decades ago under President JR Jayawardena's leadership. He navigated through numerous challenges like the '83 July riots, the JVP insurgency, the 26-year Tamil war, and internal UNP conflicts. Despite these trials, he has endured as a steadfast figure. While he couldn't fulfill promises like starting a Volkswagen factory or providing nationwide free WiFi and iPads due to limited executive powers, it's important to consider these limitations. While not flawless, Ranil's experience and network could steer the country in the right direction. Let's focus on the future for our nation's progress.

    Dharmatileke Sunday, 27 August 2023 06:19 PM

    Do anything but please don’t ruin the landscape by building high rise buildings water tank’s antenna towers self employment hamlets which will be abandoned within a short time etc……

    Ceylonese Sunday, 27 August 2023 06:31 PM

    Once during a visit to Sri Lanka I headed to Arugam Bay to find out whar's all this fuss is about. After a very close encounter on the way with a wild elephant at Buttala who wouldn't budge from the middle of the road demanding food we just managed to make it to the hotel in Arugam Bay before dark. Unfortunaely we had to cancel our trip and return to Colombo early next morning because the whole road was going under water fast after the heavy rains. Before trying to transform Arugam Bay into a high income tourist destination hope the Government will try to improve the roads leading to the surfing destination.

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