Develop prime locations in Uva to woo tourists - Chamber Chief
The number of foreign tourists visiting the Uva province has dropped
since many of the prime locations have not been developed to attract
tourists, said Chairman, Chamber of Commerce and Industries, Uva
province, Ajith Wattuhewa.
The Dunhinda waterfall
He said the Badulla and Moneragala districts in the Uva province have
been favourite locations for tourists for several years due to the
beautiful waterfalls, lakes, spice cultivation, tea estates and
mountains for hiking.
‘Tourism has been flourishing in the province due to the salubrious
climate that most tourists around the world prefer.
Tourists from the Middle East and other countries with hot weather
prefer to visit the province”, he said.
The Ravana Ella, Dunhinda, Diyaluma waterfalls and the Loggal Oya and
Handapanagala lakes are considered as some of the best locations to
The Dunhinda waterfall is considered the most beautiful waterfall in
the country and it is also a place where most tourists throng.
He said besides the attractive surroundings and the exotic climate,
the people in the area are friendly and hospitable.
The simplicity and hard working nature of the people are admired by
tourists. Residents are conscious of their surroundings and would like
to see that the beauty of the environment is preserved.
“Steps to develop the infrastructure and promote the locations will
bring about a significant improvement in tourism from what it is today.
The roads, transportation, drainage, electrification, hospitals,
hotels and lodges need improvement badly”, Wattuhewa said.
The prime locations in the province should be included in the tourism
map.Only certain places have been included in the map while important
places have been ignored. Promoting some of the best spots in the Uva
province at international travel fairs will help to woo more tourists to
He said the chamber has formed a tourism cluster to help hotels and
lodges in the province to improve their services and facilities. The
chamber has undertaken to train hoteliers under the program titled
“The Chamber has been helping industries, enhancing the tourism and
the service sector in the province since it was set up 10 years ago.
Self-employment schemes on horticulture, beauticulture, light
engineering and food processing are some of the service sector
development activities undertaken by the chamber”, he said.
The Uva province is known for spices, fruits and fresh vegetables.
The country is well known for exporting some of the best spices but
today the farmers are facing problems due to the waste caused by poor
packaging and transportation. The post harvest loss is around 40 per
“The chamber is conducting programs to help farmers to minimise
losses and adopt a better packaging system which will help them to fetch
a better price. Green house cultivation to protect floral and vegetable
cultivations from adverse weather conditions, diseases and insects has
been introduced”, he said.
Walkers Tours partner Ke Adventure Travel
KE Adventure Travel, a British partner of Nature Odyssey (the
adventure travel arm of Walkers Tours), was rated “Best Trekking
Operator on Earth” by the prestigious National Geographic Adventure
magazine, which recently carried out the world’s first study of over 200
adventure travel operators in their search for the best.
A KE trek through Sri Lankan tea country.
The study focused on which operators teach their clients about the
places they visit, who pushes the frontiers of discovery and adventure
and who gives back to the planet through travel.
They also surveyed on interpretation, sustainability, quality of
service and the spirit of adventure.
After six months of intense and exhaustive scrutiny, KE Adventure
Travel was named the Best Trekking Outfitter on Earth.
KE excelled in every area, even scoring a perfect 100 in the ‘Spirit
of Adventure’ category.
KE Adventure, together with Walkers Tours and Nature Odyssey,
features Sri Lanka’s programs in their Adventure, Family and Schools
brochures. The Adventure brochure carries a high adrenaline,
cutting-edge program, including several treks through uncharted and
The family program is a kaleidoscope of soft adventure and direct
contact with local people and culture and promises an enriching
experience and unforgettable memories.
The school’s program, which is designed to be an educational summer
trip for an entire class, features a great introduction to non-touristic
Sri Lanka including a two-night camp at a remote village where the group
will work directly on a community development project, funded by KE
There has been an encouraging rise in the number of travellers of
this calibre visiting Sri Lanka over recent years, bringing about
renewed belief in the ability to showcase the island as having more on
offer beyond the widely-associated golden, palm-fringed beaches.
SriLankan trains 42 more Aircraft Engineers and Technicians
SriLankan Airlines recently completed comprehensive training programs
for 35 aircraft Technicians and seven Aircraft Engineers, in its
continuing efforts to provide opportunities for young men and women to
embark upon rewarding careers as professionals in the international
Two Sri Lankan women students and seven foreign students - five from
the Maldives, and one each from Oman and India - were among those who
successfully completed the two-year Basic Course in Aircraft
One young woman, a Sri Lankan, was among those in the Aircraft
Engineering program which is also a two-year program. SriLankan
Technical Training is one of the few companies in Asia to hold the
globally recognised EASA 147 certification from the European Aviation
Safety Agency (EASA), to provide training in Aircraft Maintenance to
foreign and local students.