The new direction of the Sri Lanka tourism promotions bureau is generating strong results with a strong working relationship with the private sector as 441 cruise travelers taking a one day excursion to Pinnawala elephant orphanage last Sunday. The Pinnawala gate earnings netted in a 3.6 million rupees in the back drop of cruise tourism doubling in number and beating the number 8 destination source for Sri Lanka the US market said Sri Lanka tourism in a communique.
We don't want just cruise ships to dock in Sri Lanka with just thirty percent or less travellers taking excursions but we want excursion managers to promote our new products like the ' Open Range zoo, responsible whale watching or the only blow hole for Asia pacific, the monkey trail based on the Disney movie that is being staged in the US as we speak voiced Sri Lanka tourism chief Rohantha Athukorala. Together with the private sector we will make this segment a 100,000 within two years said Athukorala who is working closely with SLITO core committee headed by Bernie Dole on supply chain development with Sri Lanka shipping corporation and on the demand end meeting the cruise ship operators at the key cruise travel fairs like the one in Busan,Korea he said. A lot of work has to be done the good news is that work has begun.
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