Following a significant increase in its financial backing, Sri Lanka will need to employ 100,000 more workers to operate its new luxury hotels.
The Sri Lankan government announced it is investing $2.8 billion USD towards its hotel industry, aiming to double to the number of luxury hotel rooms in the next three years.
“Sri Lanka’s rapidly growing tourism industry will see the addition of nearly 17,000 star-class rooms in the next three years,” Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said.
“We need over 100,000 new workers to serve in these hotels,” he added.
The government has approved 316 new hotel projects, 113 of which are under construction and 161 are already operating. The Tourism Industry has established new colleges to attract young students into the accommodation industry and train unemployed youth into this sector.