Sri Lanka to launch tourism promotion drive in Fujian province of China

Published on : Saturday, February 11, 2017

downloadIn order to attract more and more Chinese tourists, the Sri Lanka government will undertake a tourism promotion drive in Fujian province of China next week, a Sri Lankan Minister said on Friday.

 

Tourism Promotion Minister John Amaratunga told Xinhua that tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka were up by 20 percent in January compared with the corresponding period of the last year.

 

“We received more than 200,000 tourists last month. This is despite flight restrictions at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport for renovations of the runways,” he said.

 

He said he would leave for Fujian on Feb. 17 to start a promotion drive with the help of authorities in the southeastern province of China.

 

“We will set up a tourism promotional centre in that area for the benefit of those willing to travel in Sri Lanka,” he said.

 

“We received more than 200,000 tourists last month. This is despite flight restrictions at the Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport for renovations of the runways,” he added.

 

Last year 2.2 million tourists visited Sri Lanka and the country has set a target of as many as 2.5 million this year.

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