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Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

Brief Description of the organization

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) is the official institution tasked with establishing, positioning, and developing Sri Lanka as a leading destination for international visitors and it is responsible for tapping into Sri Lanka’s natural potential to expand and enhance its tourism offering while benefitting investors and supporting communities, in a sustainable manner.

Prior to SLTDA being established in 2007, these functions primarily resided with the organization known as Ceylon Tourist Board / Sri Lanka Tourist Board / Sri Lanka Tourism Board which was set up in 1966 by the government of Sri Lanka an one instructional framework created under Ceylon Tourist board Act No. 10 of 1966.

Then The Tourism Development Act of 1968 provided the Ceylon Tourist Board with the statutory authority to develop tourism in a planned and controlled basis and allowed to obtain lands for development process. The Act also conferred powers for the Protection of Highways and Places of Scenic Beauty and vested authority in the Ceylon Tourist Board for the Registration and Classification of Tourist Hotels and all other tourist services.

The Tourism Act No 2005 came into effect in October 2007. With the circulation of the new Tourism act, the Sri Lanka Tourist Board Act No 10 of 1966, which was in effect for the past 41 years, was replaced. In terms of the provisions contained in the new act, the Tourism Development Fund was legally constituted, with 2 main sources remitting finances to the fund. By way of 1/3 of the Airport Tax collections and 1% of the Turnover of all Sri Lanka Tourist Board registered establishments. The Act provided for the setting up of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), thereby replacing the Sri Lanka Tourist Board. The new Tourism Boards set up under the new Tourism Act are:

  • Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority
  • Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau
  • Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management
  • Sri Lanka Convention Bureau

To be recognized as the world's finest island for memorable, authentic and diverse experiences.


To be a high-value destination offering extraordinary experiences that reflect Sri Lanka's natural and cultural heritage, are socially inclusive and environmentally responsible, and provide economic benefits to communities and the country.

Data contributions

Hotels, Restaurants, Hotel Proposed, Tourism hot spots, Bank ATM, Shopping Malls, SLTDA Parcels

Role of SDI in their Business Process

Initial use case for NSDI was to develop a platform for investors to identify correct location for tourism investment (investor insights platform). There will be additional use case developed on NSDI on the completion of the said platform.


Name(s): Mr. Janath Palmadulla
Junior Manager - Web
ICT Department
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority
Tel :+94 112 426 900 | Ext: 110