Sri Lanka marks tourism Golden Ju­bilee

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

A.C.SHAHUL HAMEED COLOMBO—Sri Lanka cel­e­brates the Golden Ju­bilee of Sri Lanka Tourism this year (1966-2016).It is also a happy co­in­ci­dence that we are cel­e­brat­ing this oc­ca­sion at a time when tourism is boom­ing in this coun­try.

Ac­cord­ing to data Sri Lanka hosted 1.8 mil­lion tourists last year and earn­ings from tourism stood at 3 bil­lion US dol­lars. The Min­is­ter of Tourism John Amaratunga states that he was con­fi­dent that this year , the Golden Ju­bilee ofd Sri Lanka Tourism will be a year that will be writ­ten in gold in the an­nals of the tourism his­tory of this coun­try for its trans­for­ma­tion from a nes­cent in­dus­try to one that is an eco­nomic pow­er­house.

Tourism in Sri Lanka is by no means a re­cent phe­nom­e­non .This land has been known to trav­el­ers and ex­plor­ers since an­cient times as Taprobane, Serendib , Ceylkan, Cey­lon and fi­nally Sri Lanka.This has been a land of fas­ci­na­tion mys­tery to both an­cient and mod­ern trav­el­ers. Sir Emer­son Ten­ant an English writer said that “There is no is­land in the world that has at­tracted the at­ten­tion of au­thors in so many dis­tant ages and so many dif­fer­ent coun­tries as Cey­lon”.—Email

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