Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation (SLET) is a registered travel agency that offers various tours including nature, adventure, culture and ecotourism. This travel service promotes home stays and community-owned eco-lodges in rural Sri Lanka. We focuses on ensuring economic benefits and improving the living standards of local communities, many of which had been hit hard by the 2004 tsunami.
Sri Lanka Eco-tours is the sister organisation – to learn more about Sri Lanka Eco-tours click here.
We are able to offer a 10% discount to Tourism Concern Members.
We provide economic benefits to the community through our tour operations. We do this by:
- Maintaining and strengthening the quality of life in our local communities, including social structures and access to resources, amenities and life support systems, and avoid any form of social degradation or exploitation.
- Engaging and empower local communities in planning and decision making about the management and future development of tourism in the area, in consultation with other stakeholders.
- Respecting and enhance the historic heritage, authentic culture, traditions, and distinctiveness of the community.
Our main objective is to provide local prosperity to the local communities based on social equity. The following points explain how we do this:
- We maximise the contribution of tourism to the economic prosperity of the local area, including the proportion of visitor spending that is retained locally.
- We seek a widespread and fair distribution of economic and social benefits from tourism throughout the local community, including improving opportunities, income and services available to the poorest.
- We strengthen the number and quality of local jobs created and supported by tourism, including the level of pay, conditions of service and availability to all without discrimination by gender, race, disability or in other ways.
We are conducting awareness programmes for the community on environmental conservation. Our key focus areas are listed below:
- We maintain and enhance the quality of landscapes, both urban and rural, and avoid the physical and visual degradation of the environment.
- We support the conservation of natural areas, habitats, and wildlife, and minimize damage to them.
- We minimise use of scarce or non-renewable resources in the development of tourism facilities and to minimise pollution of air, water, land caused by the generation of waste by tourism enterprises and visitors.