A CDIP Project titled “Intellectual Property, Tourism and Culture” was launched in Sri Lanka through a WIPO Mission undertaken from 2-6 May 2016. This Mission brought together the main stakeholders in the fields of IP, tourism and culture, and a National Steering Committee has been established for the project implementation at national level. In the framework of this Project, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has been appointed as the coordinating agency for the project implementation in Sri Lanka.
As one of the emerging tourist destinations in South Asia, Sri Lanka has witnessed approximately 17.8 percent year over year growth in the tourist industry in 2015, which increased total revenue by 27.72 percent, and employment has increased by 6.5 percent in 2015.
This Project has generated much interest and enthusiasm among the stakeholders in Sri Lanka in promoting awareness of the role of IP in the tourism-related economic activities of the country.
Second Secretary Ms. Dilini Gunasekera made this observation during the 18th Session of the Committee on Development and Intellectual Property (CDIP) at the World Intellectual Property Organization held on 31 October 2016 in Geneva.
Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka
31 October 2016