Sri Lanka Tourism eyes Rs. 6b annual revenue from Kuchchaveli

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) aims to generate an annual income of Rs 5.9 billion (US$ 36.4 million) from Kuchchaveli, while adding 4,000-4,500 rooms to meet future demand in the coastal town.

According to the SLTDA’s action plan for Kuchchaveli, which is being developed as a tourism hotspot, 14,000 direct and 18,000 indirect employment opportunities will be created through this plan.

In a statement SLTDA said one of the beach resorts in the plan will be developed as a model ‘green resort’ to give maximum benefits to the national economy while respecting the ecological, socio-cultural, and environmental sustainability of the area.

In order to generate more direct and indirect employment opportunities in the area, SLTDA has also planned a model fishing village in Kuchchaveli as 40% of the local community in the area are involved in the fisheries sector. The proposed village is expected to attract tourists seeking authentic and unique tourism experiences in Sri Lanka.

One of the successful hotels operating in the area is the 15-acre Jungle Beach Hotel by Uga Escapes built in 2013, which has a 95% occupancy rate during the high season, according to SLTDA.