TravelWireNews: Of the 1,798, 380 tourists arrivals in Sri Lanka in 2015, only 375,735 of them—about 20%—visited the country’ s wildlife reserves, including Yala National Park (pictured).

But wildlife tourism expert Srilal Miththapala has a plan, which he outlined at a recent public lecture—‘The Importance of Sri Lanka’ s Wildlife Attractions’—organized by the Ceylon Holding chamber of Commerce.

He said: “Wildlife and nature is our own most valuable natural asset… It is the responsibility of all of us, travel and leisure people, environmentalists, ordinary citizens, in order to somehow do their bit, within little organized clusters.”

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Sri Lanka to be promoted as international film location

The Island: Sri Lanka, the beautiful island with so many cultural values and geographical differences including ancient cities such as Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa, beautiful beaches such as Trinco and Galle, cultural and social differences such as Jaffna and Kandy etc.. has classified as a valuable destination for tourism.

The unique feature is the ability of air travel to any part of the island in less than an hour. This has made to attract more international movie makers to use Sri Lanka as a prime location for their productions since 1950. Some popular creations made by using Sri Lankan locations are:

1957 – The Bridge on the River Kwai – Directed by David Lean. 1984 – Indiana Jones – Temple of Doom – Directed by Steven Spielberg. 1981 – Tarzan the ape man – Directed by John Derrick. 1997 – Mother Theresa – Directed by Kevin Corner. 2005 – Water – Directed by Deepa Metha. 2011 – Ready ( Hindi ) – Anees Basmi.

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Colombo city to become best urban center in Indian Ocean: PM Colombo city will be developed to be the best urban centre in the Indian Ocean within the next decade, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said.

“A global trends-oriented development will assure better living conditions for people in Sri Lanka,” he said, speaking at the inauguration of the Logistic City in Muthurajawela, which is a project included in megapolis development.

He said that taking Sri Lanka’s geographical location into consideration; it can be turned into the focal economic zone in the India Ocean. “Sri Lanka should be introduced with a system where economic policies will not change following changes in the ruling party of a government.”

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Sail Lanka Charter hosts PM on board latest luxury catamaran

DailyFT: Sail Lanka Charter hosted Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and his wife on-board their 53ft sailing catamaran Sapphire during the Fairway Galle Literary Festival.

The impressive vessel reflects local indigenous talent, as it was built in Sri Lanka using local materials. Established in 2014 as part of the Sri Lanka Yachting Group, Sail Lanka Charter is enhancing local boat building skills as a tool to construct a bright future for young Sri Lankans as well as expanding the potential of the Sri Lankan tourism industry.

Sail Lanka Charter Chairman Pierre Pringiers said: “The visit by these government officials further strengthens the company’s bond with the tourism industry of Sri Lanka. I believe there is tremendous scope to grow the boat building industry while simultaneously introducing aquatic tourism in this beautiful island.”

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Sri Lanka gives more land for luxury tented resort near wildlife park

NewsIn.Asia: Wild Coast Lodge, part of the MJF Holdings group, has been allowed to lease extra land near the Yala wildlife park in southern Sri Lanka where it is developing a luxury tented resort.

A property of 7 acres belonging to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority in Palatupana area in Yala has been allocated for the Wild Coast Lodge (Pvt) Ltd. project, said Rajitha Senaratne, Minister of Health, Nutrition and Indigenous Medicine, the EconomyNext reported.

The Cabinet of ministers this week approved a proposal by John Amaratunge, Minister of Tourism Development, to provide an additional land of 155 perches on a 50 year lease to the company to continue the project.

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