Colonial-style tea-estate holiday bungalows owned by the Sri Lankan government are to be upgraded to attract Chinese tourists looking for a more authentic experience.
The Ministry of Tourism also has romance in mind, saying that “Sri Lanka has always been an ideal destination for exotic wedding ceremonies and currently it enjoys the third spot on most popular destination for weddings and honeymoons in the world”.
At the same time, it notes, bungalows in heritage destinations such as Dambulla, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy and Kurunegala will appeal to younger Chinese tourists who want a bit of adventure and discovery.
“The Ministry will be calling for tenders on Public Partnership (PPP) when upgrading these properties,” an official told the Business Times, adding that “many hoteliers and interested parties who want to set up exclusive operations catering to the Chinese tourists”.
He said: “There’re many who wanted these bungalows (plantation) in order to upgrade them and cater to maybe a group of 10 Chinese tourists.
“What the tourists want are the facilities that are authentically Chinese. So what these hoteliers want is to tailor authentic Chinese cuisine, Chinese settings, etc, for these tourists.”
Minister of Tourism Development John Amaratunga visited China last month to participate in the World Conference on Tourism for Development.
Pictured below are some typical examples of the kind of estate bungalow that are ideally suited to tourist accommodation.