Sri Lanka to invite investment for marina

July 19, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka is to call for tenders from investors to build a marina at a new tourist resort being developed on the island’s north-western coast, a senior tourism official said. Tissa Sooriyagoda, project director at the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, said the Kalpitiya tourist resort covers a total of 5,000 acres which are available for development by investors.

Two resorts have already been approved by the authority and several more are under consideration in the area which has a sheltered bay and several islands.

“Now we’re talking with investors on building infrastructure such as a marina for boats,” he told LBO.

“We’re going to call for tenders.”

Tourist resorts in the area would need berthing facilities for boats and yachts.

A landing area for sea planes has also been identified, Sooriyagoda said.

Sri Lanka is witnessing a tourism boom with the end of the island’s 30-year ethnic war in May 2009.

Arrivals this year are up almost 50 percent compared with last year.