Sri Lanka to make Dutch Fort admin office a tourist attraction

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena (L) and Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremasinghe gesture as Sri Lankan Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake (unseen) presents a supplementary budget to parliament, marking the first economic policy statement of the new government which came to power earlier in the month in Colombo on January 29, 2015. Sri Lanka's new government announced hefty taxes on top companies in a bid to raise revenue, accusing the previous regime of fudging the figures and leaving the economy in a "sad state". AFP PHOTO / Ishara S. KODIKARA (Photo credit should read Ishara S.KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Apr 05, 2012 (LBO) – An government administration building inside a 17th century Dutch Fort in Sri Lanka’s south will be turned into a museum and part of its will be commercially developed as a tourist attraction, a minister said. The Galle Dutch Fort is a UNESCO world heritage site. The cabinet of ministers had decided to give the building to Sri Lanka’s urban development agency to renovate, minister Lakshman Yapa Abeywardene said.

Abeywardene said a section will be leased out for commercial purposes.

“There is no decision to make it a hotel but it will be more, like the Old Dutch Hospital in Colombo,” he said.

In the Dutch Hospital has been leased to operators of high end restaurants and tourist shops.