With the dawn of peace in the Eastern province , Tourism has started booming with international and domestic tourists visiting the East and started exploring the region as a newly opened destination with many tourist attritions. However it has become a serious problem with our current skill level of tourist service providers in the province. After taking into consideration of the facts, the chamber of tourism has formulated a comprehensive set of tourism development proposals to be implemented” said A.M. Jaufer, President of Chamber of Tourism & Industry Sri Lanka
President , the Chamber of Tourism who met the Hon. Deputy Minister of Economic Development this week (8th) handed over a document containing the proposals to develop tourism in Eastern province giving special emphasis on skill development and capacity building for service providers specially in the SME sector in the Eastern Province Hospitality industry. Deputy Minister has agreed to provide his fullest corporation to the Chamber of Tourism by requesting the Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority to support to realize the proposals of the Chamber early. With the government targeting 2.5 million tourist arrivals by 2016, the majority of these tourists are expected to attract to the Eastern Province and the manpower requirement for the industry of the Eastern region will also rise accordingly. It is important to meet the target of the trained manpower requirement of 500,000 in 2016 .”the Chamber said.
The Secretary General of the Chamber, Mr.U.P.S.Pathirana also participated in the discussion with the Deputy Minister of Economic Development.