Developing Sustainable destinations has been given top priority by SLTDA. Sustainable tourism is a long-term goal for Sri Lanka, and the importance of sustainable tourism cannot be underestimated for Sri Lanka to work towards a positive overall balance in environmental, socio-cultural, economic and experiential impacts for tourists and locals.
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority considers sustainability as a key driver to preserve and conserve the island’s outstanding natural and cultural heritage to safeguard the destination for our people and our visitors for now and for the future.
The country is blessed with unparalleled natural resources, wildlife, unique cultural heritage and warm and friendly locals. Being the number one designation means that we will see a tremendous growth in tourists visiting the island in the years to come. We have initiated sustainable policies to implement a clear cut sustainable tourism strategy supported by rigorous projects and programmes. This will ensure that our nation will substantially benefit from the economic growth spurred by the tourism sector and in return our resources are preserved and protected.
Revitalizing and transforming the tourism sector into a resilient and sustainable sector, particularly in the post-pandemic context, requires a tourism sector approach. In this context, UNDP set out to support the rebuilding of a transformed, competitive, and resilient tourism sector with sustainable tourism experiences. Together with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, UNDP supports National Sustainable Tourism Certification (NSTC) as a joint initiative of the BIOFIN project which helps strengthen the policy and institutional framework of the tourism sector at a national and provincial level and supports the development of new products, services, and communications.
With great enthusiasm a large number of hotels have applied for the NSTCS certification process. Already a significant number of hotels are completing the application form. The first batch of certifications will be awarded to the qualifying hotels conforming to the Sri Lanka Tourism Standards.