Sri Lanka is beginning to put in place its tourism infrastructure, with eight key areas around the island and four zones in the North and East tagged for initial development.
A US$ 60 mn JBIC loan is on the cards to develop infrastructure like roads and utilities like electricity, water supply, sewerage systems and waste disposal.rn
rnldblquote We have identified eight tourism development areas endash Hikkaduwa, Beruwela, Negombo, Waikkal, Wadduwa, Seeduwa, Marawila and Unawatuna
dblquote , Tourism Ministry Secretary, Dr. P Ramunujam said Monday.rn
rnFour economic zones have also been identified in the North East. rn
rnA loan agreement is to be signed in February with work expected to begin in March, Ramunujam says.rn
rnWith 500,000 tourists expected this year and one million over the next decade, Sri Lanka now has to tackle a problem it hasnt seen in 25 years endash its fast running short of hotel rooms.rn
rnldblquote We have 13,500 rooms that can cater to about 700,000 tourists and we ca