President Ranil Wickremesinghe on Friday (Dec.15) emphasized the necessity to transform Horton Plains National Park and its surrounding areas into a premier destination for high-end tourists.

He made these remarks during an observation tour in Horton Plains National Park, according to the President’s Media Division (PMD).

Following a visit to the site office of Horton Plains National Park, Wickremesinghe recorded his insights in the book of special guests and subsequently participated in an observation tour of the park along the Ohio route.

Further, the President surveyed the lands owned by the Department of Wildlife and Forest Conservation related to Horton Plains National Park using map sources.

During this assessment, he directed officials to compile a comprehensive map encompassing all lands associated with both Horton Plains National Park and its associated region, with a prompt submission deadline.

Wickremesinghe emphasized the potential for the nation to generate significant foreign exchange by strategically developing Horton Plain and its surrounding areas, known for their appeal to both local and international tourists, with a focus on attracting high-end tourists.

Additionally, the President underscored the importance of ensuring that all activities align with environmental sustainability and adhere to eco-friendly practices.

Wickremesinghe further inquired about the living conditions of the residents in the villages surrounding the park, highlighting the potential improvement in their lives through the promotion of the tourism industry.

Subsequently, the President conducted an observation of the road passing through the Udaveriya Estate and its vicinity.

-adaderana