The planned Dedduwa tourism project in Sri Lanka ‘will emulate Mexico’s luxurious Mayakoba resort’
The idyllic Dedduwa wetlands in southern Sri Lanka are famed for the Lunuganga Estate created by legendary architect Geoffrey Bawa, celebrated as the father of tropical modernism.
His legacy is poised influence an ambitious plan to emulate the hugely successful Mayakoba tourism resort in Mexico, which combines interconnected islands with 5-star hotels and luxury beach amenities.
As Roar LIFE reports, “located to the east of Bentota, it comprises water bodies, marshy lands and paddy fields. Weaving through the wetlands is the Dedduwa Lake, rich in biodiversity”.
It is this scenic location that is to be the site of what has been touted as Sri Lanka’s ‘biggest tourism project’; an ambitious plan to transform a large swathe of the wetlands into one of Asia’s top three high-end tourism zones.
Says the government: “This project, the first of its kind for Sri Lanka, will dramatically transform the tourism sector … something we will build from scratch and offer to tourists from across the world.”
It will “boost the destination profile of the country, making it one of the top three tourism zones in Asia; bring the economic value of the resort to the local area; and create ‘experiential diversification’ of Sri Lanka’s tourism portfolio”.
Consultant Shehan Ramanayake told Roar that the plan is to build a resort destination that is “not a mass of concrete and human construction, but something a lot more natural, aesthetic, ecologically-sensitive and balanced”.
“Everything we’ve been saying for the last thirty years about Sri Lanka, we’re still saying—beaches, Anuradhapura, the Dalada Maligawa, tea—we haven’t added any depth to our experiential portfolio as a policy.”
“This is an opportunity for us to say we are looking for a different value proposition which is not beach-based, but an inland, water-based wetland, transformed into a high-end tourism resort.”
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