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Sri Lanka, towards a Sustainable Tourism destination and the EU-SWITCH ASIA - Greening Sri Lanka Hotels Project
Srilal Miththapala, Srilal Miththapala, Srilal Miththapala

Last modified: 2015-10-10


After a long internal strife which seriously affected the tourism industry, Sri Lanka is now reaping rich peace dividends. Tourism is growing at an annual rate of 30% and is playing a major part in the post war economic development..

Sri Lanka faces major challenges to charter its rapid post war tourism development, while preserving, its rich natural environment and culture.

In this context the EU funded SWITCH ASIA PROGRAM – Greening Sri Lanka Hotels Project ( ) administered by The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce, played a vital role in developing sustainable consumption practices (SCP) among Sri Lanka Hotels.

The objective of the programme was to improve the SCP of the hotel sector in Sri Lanka, by helping hotels to manage their energy, water and waste consumption.

The project registered and worked with 356 hotels. Several publications and guidelines were prepared for the use of hotel industry, and the first industry benchmark for water and waste was computed and publicized.

The project won several international awards (

However, there were many challenges that the project faced during managing, implementing and executing the project.

This paper will outline the current status of the hotel Industry in Sri Lanka, an overview of the EU Funded SWITCH ASIA Greening Hotels project, its results and lessons learned, for moving forward the country to be a more sustainable tourism destination