SLTDA Upgrades National Holiday Resorts

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Minister Amaratuna spoke to local hoteliers on his visit to Bentota

The Bentota National Holiday Resort upgrade is underway by SLTDA. Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga inspected the ongoing development work in Bentota recently. The Bentota resort operates under the purview of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA). It has a land extent of approximately 100 acres and is strategically situated between the Bentota river and golden beach.

Bentota is the oldest resort property under SLTDA, which also operates a Holiday Bungalow on the resort property. The new development drive initiated by the Ministry of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs will give a facelift to the area and provide much needed facilities for tourists. Bentota itself is the location for many star class hotels and restaurants.

Minister Amaratunga stated that the purpose of the development drive is to upgrade SLTDA resorts to world class standards. He also took time to visit some of the hotels and small establishments that have been affected by the drop in tourist arrivals. The Minister explained in detail the proposed relief package that will be made available to the industry.

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Image courtesy of Vincent van Zeijst, Sri Lanka, Bentota, beach (1), CC BY-SA 3.0

The Bentota National Holiday Resort re-development work is expected to be completed in a few weeks. SLTDA has a network of similar resorts in Giritale, Passikudah, Anuradhapura, Kataragama, Nuwara Eliya and Bandarawela where it is responsible for infrastructure development and maintenance of the resort areas. The resorts known for their affordability and homely environment are fittingly located in locations frequented by domestic tourists for family vacations and religious pilgrimages.

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