Changing Faces

The Tourist Board says visitors need to take away a piece of their experience in Sri Lanka when visiting the vast attractions the island has to offer.
Officials say Sri Lankan handicrafts are largely limited to the elephants, masks and beach memorabilia, giving the visitor few options to remember the sites they have visited. rn

rnSmall takeaway tokens often found in some of the popular international tourist attractions like in Egypt, miniature pyramids and when travelling through India, replicas of the Taj Mahal, need to be crated locally too, officials say. rn

rnThe initiative will involve local community participation thought the handicraft industry, making low cost souvenirs related to their locality.rn

rnAlready the Board has developed some items with local expertise and is encouraging hoteliers to promote the products. rn

rnThe Board will look for a foreign designer to come up with fresh ideas, to design and package the souvenirs. rn

rnThe souvenirs will ideally be low cost and small in