Minister Basil Rajapaksa has pointed out that the Government was adverting to the fact of earning an increased income from the Tourism Industry by making a slew of local products in the market.
The Minister said that foreign tourists should make an additional expenditure, apart from their expenses on accommodation and meals. This will help Sri Lanka earn more foreign exchange. In this process the country can promote its traditional products and enjoy its own market. He explained that these products should consist of Sri Lankan traditional features. This he said will enable to try new products for the modern market.
The Minister was speaking at the opening of the Crafts Marketing Village. It has come up in the premises of the National Crafts Council. There are 30 stalls. The aim of this effort is to expand local as well as foreign markets for the cottage industrialists. The Village is open to the public from 10.00 a.m. to 7.00 p.m. daily on week days. Minister Douglas Devananda and Deputy Minister Weerakumara Dissanayake were present on the occasion.