Tourism revival: September sets the pace with backpacker visitors | Print Edition

By Tharushi Weerasinghe

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SLTDA chairperson Kimarli Fernando

Sri Lanka’s tourism sector is heaving a sigh of relief as the ongoing vaccination drive and the removal of travel restrictions locally and internationally are drawing a trickle of visitors once again.

Some locals are also on the move seeking a break from the lockdown boredom.

“We are fully booked right now!” said Fred Netzband-Miller, a hotel owner from Arugam Bay.

The promise of a long weekend has led to a surge of Sri Lankans making bookings and travelling to beautiful destinations, despite inter-provincial travel restrictions.

While 20% of the tourism industry

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Orija Oladimeji has been incurring huge post-harvest losses due to the unpredictable nature of the “hoe and cutlass” mode of farming he inherited from his parents. His story changed when he decided to adopt greenhouse farming, the first of its kind in his Akanbi Ade village of Kwara State.

“I had to deliberately set up these greenhouse systems due to the dynamics in weather fluctuations that caused a lot of headaches to farmers’ activities in this area,” he told PREMIUM TIMES.

Mr Oladimeji is a former Kwara-based radio presenter, a public health communicator and farmer from birth.

Amidst the

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