Chamber of Tourism & Industry Sri Lanka met Hon. Nazeer Ahamed, Minister of Tourism, Eastern Provincial Council and discussed on several proposal related to development and promotion of Tourism in the Eastern Province.

February 16, 20130

A Delegation from the Chamber of Tourism & Industry Sri Lanka met Hon. Nazeer Ahamed, Minister of
Tourism, Eastern Provincial Council and discussed on several proposal related to development and
promotion of Tourism in the Eastern Province. At this meeting, The Chamber of Tourism was in the
opinion that first of all community awareness campaign on tourism and it’s benefit to the province
should be launched prior to any major Tourism Development is to take place in the Province as the
community is still in suspicion of Tourism due to adverse impact of tourism visibly seen in some areas
where Tourism has been Develop haphazardly.
The community participation in Tourism is considered as a vital factor for Tourism Development In the
province. It was agreed to consider empowering the community and developing self confidence among
the community which would make locals welcome Tourist and treat them well that is sure way of
ensuring repeat visitors to the province. It was accepted that the community must have direct
interaction with Tourists visiting the area and make them comfortable. Therefore the community
participation needs to been encouraged true community awareness campaigns in order to sustain the
Tourism Industry in the Province.
The delegation from the Chamber of Tourism & Industry who met the EP Tourism Minister was
comprised with its president A.M.Jaufer, Secretary General U.P.S. Pathirana, Chief Executive Officer
Daya Weerasekara and Director/SLDDA P.U Rathnayaka.

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