SRI LANKA TOURISM AWARDS
The formal tourism industry in Sri Lanka began with the enactment of Ceylon Tourist Board act, No. 01 of 1966.
Since then, tourism in Sri Lanka showed a steady progress up to 1983. However, 30 years of civil war which seriously crippled our country has its devastating effect on tourism as well, resulting in a sharp decline in the industry.
2009 marked the end of the conflict reviving the hopes of the nation about a prosperous future. Since then the economy revival of the country has gathered pace and tourism industry too has shown a parallel development. The tourism industry in Sri Lanka has seen a continuous growth in recent years with 19% year-on-year to 146,828 million in June of 2017, following a 6.2 percent rise in the previous month which symbolizes the growth of the industry. Additionally, the increase in accommodation and value-added services in tourism are contributing to the growth of the industry. It is the monumental efforts of the industry that have paved the way for such success.
AWARD CEREMONY HIGHLIGHTS
The 6th Annual Sri Lanka Tourism Awards – 2017 will be carried out under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe and Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Affairs John Amaratunga and will honor 72 best performers in the industry of tourism under 11 award categories.
12 new recognitions introduced this year will enable Sri Lanka Tourism to encompass new and diversified tourism products and service offerings.
Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018 will also pay tribute to electronic and print media for their contribution to our tourism industry. Accordingly, electronic media programs and news segments on travel & tourism, print media presentations and articles on travel & tourism during the year 2018 are eligible for appraisal.View more