Sri Lanka launches tourist-friendly tuk tuk service in Colombo

Sri Lanka launched a tourist-friendly tuk tuk service at Galle Face Green in Colombo today under the patronage of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.

The ‘tourist-friendly’ logo is a pride mark to distinguish high-quality tourism-related service providers in Sri Lanka. The initial rollout of this pride mark will be for tuk tuks in the Colombo district. Subsequently, it will also cover the rest of the island, including other major tourist cities.

Tuk tuk drivers who have successfully completed the training program ceremonially received the logo and their certificates from the Prime Minister at the event. The logo and the branding will allow tourists to easily identify the ‘tourist-friendly’ tuks and obtain their services.

Over 750 tuk tuk drivers have been trained by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) so far, in several districts, under its tourist-friendly training programs.

All drivers who successfully complete the program will get a special ID from the SLTDA, in addition to the tourist-friendly logo and the certification.

The project is implemented under the Budget proposals presented by Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera for the year 2018.

The SLTDA said the tourist-friendly program will also cover eating places and homestays in the future, uplifting the quality and standards of the Sri Lankan tourism industry.

A similar service was launched in 2009 as well.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Tourist friendly…… yesterday 29/7/2018, my wife and went to use a tourist friendly tuk tuk, the first one had no meter and wanted to charge us 600 r to go 6 klm, so we said no thank you so he called over his friend who also was a tourist friendly tuk tuk, with a meter. We hope in and his meter is not turned on so we ask him to turn it on, it was not even connected to the power so it didn’t work. We still used him as he was only going to charge us 300 r half of the first tuk tuk.

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