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Paradise Lost: The hidden costs of tourism development in Sri Lanka

By Raisa Wickrematunge - Tue Sep 27, 12:19 am

August 27 is World Tourism Day. This year,  the theme is “promoting universal accessibility.” Groundviews decided to focus on sustainable tourism – and specifically, on how tourism development has impacted local communities.

Tourism is a vital driver of income to the local economy – with over a million tourists arriving in Sri Lanka from January to August 2016 alone. It also provides thousands of people with jobs, either directly or indirectly.

However, in some instances tourism development has come at the cost of homes and livelihoods, as Groundviews found when visiting these areas. This speaks to the need for a much more consultative and educative process with local communities, to ensure that tourism development benefits, and is accessible, to all.

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