Sri Lanka’s former Ambassador to Russia Udayanga Weeratunga has expressed disappointment after being ridiculed over his tourism initiative.
In a Facebook post, Weeratunga said he was very disappointed to say that Sri Lanka does not know the value of the initiative he made.
“They do not understand how difficult it is to bring tourists to a country at this time,” he said.
Udayanga Weeratunga brought a number of tourists to Sri Lanka from Ukraine and Russia since December.
“I had to face a lot of criticism from even within our own government. But I said I made a promise to the Prime Minister and I will somehow make this a success,” Weeratunga said.
He said that the perception of Sri Lankans also changed gradually with the arrival of the tourists.
“If Sri Lankans do not accept the arrival of tourists then we cannot make the tourism industry a success,” he said.
Sri Lanka was closed to foreign tourists after the first coronavirus outbreak in March 2020.
The first group of tourists since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic arrived in Sri Lanka in December 2020. (Colombo Gazette)