THE MEDIA VOICE OF THE GLOBAL MARINA INDUSTRY

SRI LANKA: Marine tourism master plan announced

Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) have announced a marine tourism master plan which, according to local media, includes partnership with the Sri Lankan Navy and the Chamber of Marine Industries.

“Sri Lanka is poised to embark on a journey to position the island country as a premier destination for marine tourism,” said Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) chairman Chalaka Gajabahu. Assuring proactive measures, Gajabahu revealed that the Ministry has crafted a comprehensive plan for marine tourism in 2024 and awaits completion of regulatory reviews before implementation. “This strategic blueprint encompasses tourism investments, equipment, transportation and infrastructure development,” he added.
The Chamber of Marine Industries aims to promote boating among Sri Lankans and make the country a boat manufacturing hub said the chairman of the chamber Indhra Kaushal Rajapaksa in media interviews. He further highlighted the chamber's plans to develop small boat launch facilities, promote marina development, and host boat exhibitions in the near future.
Rajapaksa added that Sri Lanka has a good boat manufacturing base and the chamber hopes to promote boat ownership among its citizens. In conversation with The Daily Morning Business, he said that if the Government loosens strict laws and allows international yachtsmen to visit the country, maritime tourism will grow. But at the moment even Sri Lankans do not want to sail around the country as it lacks safe mooring facilities and essential amenities, and more and more regulations are required to get permission to sail around the coast.
There is scope for vessels of all sizes to cruise the coastline. Priyantha Perera, who heads up Asia Pacific Superyachts Sri Lanka, comments: “Government and the yachting community and industry all agree Sri Lanka has tremendous potential to realise its vision of becoming a maritime hub in the region. There is a focus on opening up to cruising tourism. The many regulations concerning tender boat operations and the lack of anchorages suitable for superyachts held back significant superyacht cruising, which now actually adds to its attraction as a stunning adventure cruising destination.”

READ MORE

MDL partners with Club Lagoon

Inland marina: first for hydrogen

Greener practices in Mallorca

Cost conscious smart marinas

Marina market insights

MDL buys prime waterfront plot

Port Dinorwic sold to local consortium

Suntex boosts northeast portfolio

New owners for Ozarks resort

The next Florida superyacht marina?

Sustainability goals across the network

Ingemar at 45 innovating for the bigger picture

Life in the seawall

Sustainable design is just 'good design'

Spoilbank Marina: a refuge from industry

The multiple factors in modern design

New waterfront to revitalise Muscat

Algarve marina now in build

Dock project completes for Marine Max

Build starts for Livorno

Oasis expands reach to Texas

Full steam ahead in Taichung

Billion dollar spend on US marinas

Reimagining Hurricane Hole as the jewel of the Bahamas

UAE: ITC inaugurates Saadiyat and Rabdan marinas

USA: Kentucky forum examines marina owner fees

SRI LANKA: Marine tourism master plan announced

USA: Phase one rebuild completes at Gulf Harbour

AUSTRALIA: Precincts keynote sets scene for Marinas24

BELGIUM: Landmark conference addresses end of life boats

GLOBAL: Promoting diversity

USA: Suntex joins with Almar

Protection from lightning strikes

Inspiration for the waterfront

Software support keeps Pacific 'jewel' on track

MDL boosts tech plan

Making marinas 'truly' smarter

Smart approach to billing

Rebuilding Snook Bight

Swedish Riviera marina rebuilds and reconfigures

Double sanitation system in Sitges

Agapi and Axopar launch AxA

Nautical Boat Club heads to Kemah

Going green with hydrogen

The base behind the race

GCCM badges new Gold Coast race

JoySail joins the racing elite

A year of growth, achievement and innovation

Trading covetable assets

Lusben development boosts refit standards