Sunday Observer: Sri Lanka, with its 1,340km coastline, can greatly benefit from marine and nautical tourism, says tour operator and hotelier Dr Dietmar Döering.

This well-known pioneer of sports tourism in Sri Lanka recalls that the International Council of Marine Industry Association (ICOMIA) is keen to promote nautical tourism.

He says: “The managing director of marina consultancy firm Arrol pointed out the urgent need for Sri Lanka to set up marinas to tap the full potential of the country’s marine/nautical tourism.”

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Sri Lanka to regularise tourism pleasure craft

EconomyNext: Sri Lanka will issue standardised regulations for small commercial vessels, including pleasure craft, according to a proposal made by Shipping Minister Arjuna Ranatunga.

A government memorandum notes that there is “immense interest” in small commercial vehicle activities, and “with the development of the tourism industry, there is an increase in passenger transportation”.

Attempts by a foreign company to start a live-aboard luxury cruise business had also run into snags, with regulators demanding unreasonable certifications that usually apply to larger ocean-going ships, according to their promoters.

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Orienteering to be introduced to Sri Lanka

Nation Weekend: The Sri Lanka Orienteering Federation has planned to conduct awareness programs and exhibition events in selected schools in every districts and sports clubs.

Orienteering is a sport that combines both a physical and a mental element. The basic idea in orienteering is to proceed from course start to finish by visiting a number of control points in a predetermined order with the help of map and compass.

Training programs and promotional events have been arranged, covering all districts in all provinces, including Colombo, Gampaha and Kalutara in Western Province, where training camps will be organized for the players, coaches, referees and judges.

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Disruption. Innovation. Transformation: ‘The Future of Tourism’

Pacific Asia Travel Association: The PATA Annual Summit 2017 will be held at Jetwing Blue hotel in Negombo from May18–21 with the theme ‘Disruption. Innovation. Transformation: The Future of Tourism’.

It notes: “Undeveloped beach paradises, a startlingly rich cultural heritage, a wide variety of wildlife and adventure experiences, as well as warmly welcoming people and irresistible cuisine – but minus the tourist hordes – makes Sri Lanka a tropical utopia for the discerning traveller.”

In partnership with the World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO), PATA will also host the UNWTO/PATA Ministerial Debate, which brings together tourism ministers and leading industry experts to address thought-provoking issues.

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Sri Lanka, an island for all seasons

Sri Lanka Travel: Sri Lanka made a great impact in promoting the country as a tourism destination by participating at the 37th International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid, Spain.

This event, organized by IFEMA, brought together at Feria de Madrid, 9,672 tourism companies, institutions and bodies from 165 countries and regions and has earned it’s standing as the third largest tourism fair in Europe.

Over ten leading private-sector companies and the SLTPB marketed Sri Lanka on its vibrancy, authenticity and compactness as a destination. The first ever Sri Lankan brochure in Spanish language was launched in order to strengthen the destination marketing efforts to Spanish travellers.

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