Spectacular world-class sports hold key to major boost for Sri Lanka high-end tourism


Spectacular world-class sporting events on land and sea planned for Sri Lanka will massively promote high-end tourism and highlight our potential for global sporting headlines.

Events will include international go-cart and powerboat racing, top-level golf, the best of the world’s surfers, and the hugely testing IRONMAN multisport triathlon.

The DailyFT reports that to promote Sri Lanka as a sports tourism hub, the ministries of tourism and sports “will be enhancing the sports sector by bringing a series of international events to Sri Lanka”.

Says tourism minister John Amarathunga: “This is a new chapter we’re trying to turn in our country … on one side the sports activities and on the other side which is extremely beneficial for the development of tourism.”

Tourism is the fastest growing economic sector in the country and has grown from 50,000 to 2.2 million tourists per year in 2017. While trying to develop tourism furthermore the country is to be anchored as an adventure tourism country as well.

Sports minister Dayasiri Jayasekara adds that “what we’re doing is very important for the tourism sector for Sri Lanka and the foreign countries … if we have a proper mechanism we can attract many tourists to Sri Lanka”.

Marathon, cycling and hiking under land events, surfing, wind surfing, jet skiing and canoeing under water events and finally para jumping, diving and the parachute festival under the triathlon.

A top highlight will be Sri Lanka’s first international Go-Kart race ‘x30 Asia Cup Sri Lanka 2018’ on January 13–14 next year at the Sri Lankan Karting Circuit (SLKC) Bandaragama.

The event has already been approved and registered in the International Karting Calendar and will be the first ever racing event for Karting not only for Sri Lanka but South Asia as well.

The Senior Golf European Tour is another key event planned for March 2018 with the aim of highlighting the golf grounds in the country including the Nuwara Eliya Golf course and the Royal Colombo Golf Club.

For water sports, the International Powerboat Championship will be held in Bentota on the 11 and 12 November. This will be first time such a prestigious international level gaming event is to take place in Sri Lanka and will have a legacy of improved water sport venues.

These extreme-sports racers will be preceded by the World Surfing League event taking place from June–July next year in Arugam Bay, thus promoting one of the ideal locations in Sri Lanka for water sports.

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