Gujarat invites Sri Lanka to develop coastal tourism

January 23rd, 2009 - 11:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Ahmedabad, Jan 23 (IANS) Gujarat’s tourism department has sought Sri Lanka’s help in developing resorts along its coastline given the island nation’s vast experience in running several resorts and spas along its beaches, an official said Friday.A tourism department official here said the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority has been invited to develop resorts comprising world class facilities along Gujarat’s 1,600-km coastline that is dotted with beaches, whose tourism potential remains untapped.

“The Gujarat government had already signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority to seek cooperation from its tourism industry leaders for developing resorts in Gujarat,” the official said.

A proposal has been mooted by Sri Lanka’s tourism industry leaders to tour Gujarat’s long coastline to study the feasibility of setting up resorts or even help Indian entrepreneurs set up hotels there, he added.

Apart from expressing keenness to help develop tourist hotspots in Gujarat, Sri Lanka’s tourism authority carried out an elaborate campaign to promote its leisure destinations during the Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit that concluded earlier this month here.

Sri Lankan tourism officials are also keen on developing Buddhist sites across Gujarat, the official added.

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