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Sri Lanka successfully celebrated the World Tourism Day which fell on the 27th of this month, with several events being held in many places in the country, marking the global event.
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau together with the stakeholders of the sector organized several events to go inline with this year’s WTD theme, which was titled as, ‘Tourism & Water: Protecting our Common Future’. Accordingly, Sri Lanka Tourism conducted a beach cleaning program, a tree planting program and also held painting competitions for school children.
The Sri Lankan celebrations of the WTD were organized under the guidance of Minister of Economic Development Hon. Basil Rajapaksa. Sri Lanka Tourism was supported by the Bentota - Beruwala Tourist Hotels Association, Hikkaduwa Tourist Hotels Association, Unawatuna Tourism Development Society, National Youth Services Council, other tourism associations and Local Government Authorities in these areas.
The Beach cleaning program was held covering the areas of Hikkaduwa, Benthota and Unawatuna beaches.
Hon. Chandima Weerakkody, Deputy Speaker of the Parliament and Mr. Bhashwara Gunarathna also participated to the beach cleaning program was held in Unawatuna.
Tourism Industry officials, the general public, school children were on visit to Sri Lanka took part in the above events.
Hon. Chandima Weerakkody
Mr. Bhashwara Gunarathna Tourism Chairman
Bentota Beach Cleaning Programme
Hikkaduwa Beach Cleaning Programme
Unawatuna Beach Cleaning Programme