Sri Lanka looks forward to come back into tourism

Published on : Wednesday, August 28, 2019

With more Chinese tourists coming in, Sri Lanka looks forward to bounce back confidently as it ends a four-month long state of emergency after the Easter Sunday terrorist bombings, opening more airports to international traffic.


With China and other countries having relaxed their travel advisories, more tourists are expected to drop in during Sri Lanka’s peak tourism season before and around the end of the year.


Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena announced the end of the state of emergency last Friday. It began after the suicide blasts at three Christian churches and three luxury hotels on April 21. More than 250 people were killed. Police said that more than 100 people are in custody over the attacks to date.


Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said that ending the state of emergency sends a clear message to the world that Sri Lanka is now safe for travel.


As the hardest hit sector of Sri Lanka since April, tourism is witnessing a steady increase of tourist arrivals from China, according to Ms. Randima Udunuwarage, Junior Manager of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.


“Out of the 1,008,449 tourists that arrived in the country by June, 97,560 were Chinese,” Udunuwarage said. Therefore, the agency “has launched special programs in June and July to attract more Chinese tourists”.


Vice-President of Sri Lanka Airport and Aviation Services Priyantha Kariyapperuma said that all international flights from and to Sri Lanka are operating normally now.


Unlike Westerners who are seasonal travelers, Chinese tourists travel in all seasons, as Sri Lanka is a tropical country with no seasonal impact.


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