Sri Lanka, DOT tackle initiatives on tourism sector recovery

AMBASSADOR Shobini Gunasekera formally discussed with Tourism Development Undersecretary Benito C. Bengzon Jr. the implementation of the memorandum of understanding on tourism cooperation between Sri Lanka and the Philippines signed in 2019 for the development of the industry.

As an initial step toward convening the joint working group between the two countries in the coming months, both officials committed to extend their full support by coordinating the conceptualization of a work plan and agenda which will serve as the framework of the “mutually-beneficial engagement.”

Apart from the above initiative, the two expressed their interest to pursue bilateral promotion activities, sharing of best practices and experiences, capability development, as well as other related collaboration in the sectors of wildlife, nature, cultural and heritage, ecotourism, community-based tourism, among others, as potential areas for convergence.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka acknowledges the Philippines’s “stunning tropical landscape, rich biodiversity, pristine beaches, unique adventures, as prominent cultural and heritage attractions embodying its centuries-long Western colonial history. The country is a popular tourist destination in…Asean, and has reached an industry milestone with a recorded 8 million tourist arrivals…in 2019.”