Sri Lanka as a destination is blessed with hundreds of natural and man-made wonders that have attracted tourists from around the world. However, currently, everyone has failed to give these monuments the love and care they deserve. Hence, the relevant authorities must utilize this time to prepare a practical model of operating these sites once tourist arrivals return to expected numbers, veteran industry leader Hiran Cooray stressed.
“If these are not looked into, there will continue to be negative publicity and permanent damages to natural assets like the Yala national park and man-made cultural sites like Sigiriya,” Cooray, Chairman of Jetwing Symphony PLC, the holding company of the popular Jetwing branded hotels, told shareholders in the annual report 2019/20.
Further, he expressed the following;
“The ‘newnormal’ is a buzzword in many circles and has become ever so important for those of us in tourism. While we continue to follow the guidelines set by the relevant authorities, it is also important that we look at pragmatic solutions that will enable more tourists (both local and foreign) to visit and experience the many destinations within our paradise island while ensuring the health and safety of both residents and tourists.”
“As difficult as it may seem to be optimistic during these times, I continue to look at this downturn with an open mind, and ensure you that we will be proactive and patient until the citizens of the world are free to travel again.” he added.