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Published on : Saturday, January 16, 2016
Together with Korean Broadcasting Systems (KBS) & Sri Lanka mission for Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) the nation’s catalyst for tourism promotions, has taken the initiatives of promoting Destination Sri Lanka in Republic of Korea by inviting for a media team of their one of the top rated travel programs called ‘Everywhere K’. SLTPB will be hosting to this media team during their 10 days Familiarization Tour program in Sri Lanka covering most of the highly regarded national attractions including Heritage & Cultural sites, Beauty of Nature in Highlands, Safari, Whale Watching & traditional local lifestyle in different part of the island. The KBS media crew has planned to film a travel documentary about destination Sri Lanka which will be broadcast in Republic of Korea. Members of Sri Lanka Inbound Tour operators Association & The Hotel Association of Sri Lanka have also shown their fullest support to succeed with this promotional program.
With these promotional media familiarization activities, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) focusing on to get access to strong South Koarean outbound tourism market which numbered over 14 million tourists departures during the previous years. This is witnessing to the possibility of every one in four of the South Korean citizen having the financial capability of traveling abroad for their holiday. Identifying, the potential strength of this South Korean outbound tourism sector, SLTPB targeting to receive 20,000.00 tourists arrivals from South Korea during the year 2016 by surpassing the last year 14,300 arrivals.
Over the recent years, South Korean tourism sector (both inbound / outbound) has gained a significant growth despite the high competition receiving from neighboring commercial giants such as Japan & China and growing doubtfulness of political stability mainly due to the continues red alarming from North Korea. During the previous year, per capita income showed USD 23,000 making the outbound tourism sector much stronger and that creates a greater opportunity for regional nations including Sri Lanka.
Large number of holiday trips made by South Koreans is mainly within the regional making the top 12 destinations are Asian nations except to United States. However, most of the elite South Korean frequent travelers still give their first choice to Europe as the possible holiday destination making around one million out of the total 14 million travelers. Sri Lanka will be seeing to position itself in the middle of potential high-end clientele from South Korea. As a colorful & compact tropical nation carrying a greater influence of Buddhists Culture Sri Lanka has all the comfort & relaxation of a paradise to offer the South Korean tourists.
Under the guidance of Hon. Minister for Tourism & Christian Affairs Mr. John Amarathunga & well-known industry veteran the present Chairman of SLTPB Mr. Paddy Withana, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) has setup plans to release an aggressive promotional campaign in 2016, within the selected potential markets to compete with the potential competitors in the region. As part of the plans, Public Relation division at SLTPB are planning to bring down high profile journalists from key markets under their Visiting Journalists Program (VJP) increase global awareness on destination Sri Lanka.