The Ministry of Tourism plans to invest over Rs. 519 million for tourism development projects the year 2021.
Following discussions held by the Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga,under his directives, funds were allocated in the following manner:
- Rs. 100 million for the development of historic Dutch Forts
- Rs. 265 million has been allocated to build 30 intermediate houses near the Madhu Church in Mannar (as a joint project between Sri Lanka and India)
- Rs. 62 million has been allocated for improving the infrastructure of railway stations that attract tourists regularly.
- Rs. 45 million has been reserved for the development of human resources in the tourism sector
- Rs. 37 million reserved for developing current tourist attraction venues. The renovation of ancient forts in Mannar, Kalpitiya and Batticaloa has already commenced.
- Rs. 10 million has been allocated for the tourist village projects.
Meanwhile in a bid to improve the services delivered by the industry, training is underway ( for selected workers in the tourism industry), in several centers across the island.
Thus it appears that based on this plan, the ministry will be able to revive