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Hambantota port has high potential to boost tourism sector – Captain Marco Carsjens

The Captain of
the MS Rotterdam, the first ever largest
cruise ship called at Ha’ ta port, Marco Carsjen yesterday (07) emphasized that the port have high potential to boost the tourism sector
of the country. He said the
Hambantota port was also famous as a green port, among tourists.
Describing
his first impression of Hambntota port Captain appreciated the new development
process of the port premises to make it big.
“It is easy to access to the port
for the ships of this size. It is nice experience for us and it is a good  location  for more cruise ships. If you want to
experience this part of Sri Lanka you need to be stay for several days here and visit South-East coast. You
will really appreciate this part of Sri Lanka. It gets 40 minutes to reach Yala national park from Hambantota
port.

The tourists also can visit Bundala and Kataragama. The Hambantota port will give an
unparallel experience to the people who want to experience something from Sri Lanka other than Colombo and its
surroundings. Many of them were enthusiastic to visit Hambantota port and the tourist destination in the
area and specially to see the wildlife. And they have good impression on what Sri Lanka is like.  We hopefully to come back Hambantota,” the Captain further mentioned.

The ship left the Hambantota port by last night. Measuring
238 m in length the luxurious cruise ship
belongs to Netherland. The ship comprises a staff of 600 employees. The $2
million art and antique collection, wide
teak decks have increased the attractiveness of the ship. The ship has carried
1176 of passengers. The cruise was to be arrived at, their next
destination, Thllawa in Myanmar.
The local shipping agent of MS Rotterdam, Malship
(Ceylon) Limited General
Manager I.S Mohideen
asserted that there were more new cruise ships to be arrived to the
Hambantota port. He further mentioned that the port had enough facilities for the cruise
liners. Mohideen invited all the parties to grab the opportunity to develop the tourism sector by getting support from Hambantota port.

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