Identifying Resource Efficiency Improvement: Potential to Enhance Competitiveness of Sri Lanka's Hotel Industry

Sri Lanka's hotel industry has grown rapidly, since the end of the conflict. The government’s Tourism Master Plan is now encouraging the industry’s growth to meet a potential 2.5 million tourist arrivals by 2016. Tourism is expected to attract foreign direct investment of $3 billion over the next five years and provide employment to half a million Sri Lankans. At the same time, the country hopes to earn half a billion dollars in foreign exchange by 2016.

 

All this is good news for the economy, but this growth should be offset with responsible and efficient resource management. The hotel industry is a huge consumer of water and energy and discharges different kinds of wet and dry waste and wastewater into the environment. This survey was undertaken to evaluate how efficiently hotels handle their resources and what needs to be done to ensure efficient use in the future.

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