Sri Lanka hosts lecture to promote responsible wildlife tourism

Published on : Thursday, January 28, 2016

destinations in Sri LankaIn a bid to promote responsible wildlife tourism, Sri Lanka has collaborated with Convention on International Trade on Endangered Species of Fauna and Flora (CITES) and industry stakeholders.

 
Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), under the guidance of the Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, hosted a lecture by John E.

 

Scanlon, Secretary General of CITES on 25th January 2016 at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo.
The lecture, hosted by Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, is seen as a valuable opportunity to highlight the importance of conserving the country’s fauna and flora and adopting zero tolerance on illegal wildlife trade.

 
The event also further highlights the collaborative efforts between the Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs and the Ministry of Sustainable Development & Wildlife to strengthen the country’s tourism offerings in a responsible manner.

 
“Wildlife is an integral part of our tourism product. Sri Lanka’s rich wildlife, flora and fauna must be protected to ensure the sustainability of our national tourism venture. My Ministry will spare no efforts in ensuring the protection of our wildlife through sustainable tourism. The event at Galle Face sends a clear message to the rest of the world about Sri Lanka’s zero tolerance of the ivory trade,” said Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, Hon. John Amaratunga.

 
Having the highest Biodiversity per 10,000 square km in Asia, Sri Lanka is one of the 25 Biodiversity hot spots of the world. Whilst Sri Lanka Tourism is focused in growing wildlife related tourism, it is important to identify and avoid threats facing this industry, SLTPB said in a statement.

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