Sri Lanka

  • Tourism earnings of Sri Lanka increased 11.6-pct to US$4.4bn

    Published on : Tuesday, January 22, 2019

    Last year, Sri Lanka earned 4.4 billion US dollars from tourism. It was an up 11.6 percent from 3.9 billion US dollars a year before, the modified data from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority showed.   Tourism arrivals in …

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  • Sri Lanka allures tourists as warm winter holiday destination

    Published on : Tuesday, January 8, 2019

     Winters in Sri Lanka are pleasant and an ideal holiday destination for travellers looking to trade snow for sunshine. Here’s why you need to visit the destination for a perfect warm winter holiday.       Brilliant weather and immaculate …

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  • Sri Lanka receives 2.3 million tourists last year

    Published on : Saturday, January 5, 2019

    Last year, Sri Lanka received 2.3 million tourists, with December recording the highest number of arrivals with over 250,000 tourists, as per a statement from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).   According to official data, Sri Lanka’s tourist …

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  • 2.33 million tourists visited Sri Lanka in 2018

    Published on : Thursday, January 3, 2019

    Sri Lanka welcomed 2.33 million tourists in 2018 recording a rise of 10.3 per cent over 2017. The December arrivals were the highest at 253,169. Despite missing the 2.5 million target the arrivals of tourist in Sri Lanka grew at …

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  • Sri Lanka rebrands its tourism promotion for optimum results

    Published on : Wednesday, November 14, 2018

    The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) announced a new brand identity, under the creative platform “So Sri Lanka” at the World Travel Market trade show in London. The new brand platform “So Sri Lanka”, created by advertising agency JWT …

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  • Sri Lanka sees 0.5 percent growth in October

    Published on : Friday, November 9, 2018

    Official statistics from Sri Lanka’s Tourism Ministry revealed that more than 150,000 tourists arrived in Sri Lanka last month, recording a 0.5 percent growth when compared to the same period last year.     The leading five markets were India, …

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  • Constitutional crisis makes Sri Lanka face more travel advisories

    Published on : Wednesday, October 31, 2018

    After the U.S. and the U.K., Australia and Canada issue travel advisory warnings for their citizens who visit Sri Lanka.     The Australian government said: “There is an increased likelihood of large protests and demonstrations in Sri Lanka due …

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  • Hauck joins Galle Face Hotel, Sri Lanka

    Published on : Monday, September 24, 2018

    Robert Hauck has been appointed as new general manager and area vice president of Galle Face Hotel.  It was launched in 1864 and is the oldest hotel east of Suez.     Hauck holds more than 25 years of experience  …

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  • Sri Lankan tourism minister calls for tariff reductions

    Published on : Thursday, August 30, 2018

    John Amaratunga, Tourism Development Minister of Sri Lanka yesterday urged for tariff reductions from the Government to attain the target of 4.5 million tourist arrivals by 2020, maintaining that high tax structures and extraneous charges were restraining the industry from …

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  • Airbnb and SLTDA forms alliance for initiating Airbnb Experiences in Sri Lanka

    Published on : Friday, August 24, 2018

    Paving the way for regulation in the non-hotel accommodation space in Sri Lanka, Airbnb and the state-owned Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) have entered into a strategic partnership for initiating Airbnb Experiences in the country.   Airbnb previously partnered with the …

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  • Alibaba’s travel arm, Fliggy enters Sri Lanka’s tourism market

    Published on : Monday, August 20, 2018

    The Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) will sign an agreement with China’s e-commerce giant, Alibaba’s travel arm, Fliggy, to bring down 1,000 travelers weekly to Sri Lanka for expanding the island’s growing tourism sector.     The Tourism Minister …

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  • In July 2018, tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka increased 6 percent

    Published on : Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    In this year’s July, tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka increased six percent to 217,829 from a year earlier, with India, China and the United Kingdom the biggest source markets, data from the state tourism promotion office highlighted.   Arrivals in …

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  • Hauck appointed as general manager of Galle Face Hotel, Sri Lanka

    Published on : Wednesday, August 8, 2018

    Robert Hauck will join as the general manager of the iconic Galle Face Hotel, Colombo, Sri Lanka.     He will also play the role area vice president for south Asia and will oversee the operations of the property, supporting …

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  • Indian tourists can avail visa-free entry in Sri Lanka

    Published on : Tuesday, August 7, 2018

    John Amaratunga tourism minister of Sri Lanka stated that Indian tourists visiting Sri Lanka will soon be exempted from visa requirement. To boost arrivals the Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said that he appointed a task force to keep a check …

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  • Chinese tourists on the rise in Sri Lanka

    Published on : Friday, July 27, 2018

    Since the last two years, growing number of Chinese tourists traveling to Sri Lanka is on the rise. It remains to be seen if Sri Lanka can truly ever become a major destination for Chinese tourists, as it has to …

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  • Sri Lanka to promote tourism during off season

    Published on : Wednesday, July 25, 2018

    Sri Lanka’s Tourism Promotion Bureau announced that it will soon launch mega campaigns in China, India and the Middle East to promote the island among tourists during the off season.     Tourism Minister John Amaratunga said that from September …

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  • Sri Lanka to launch grand campaign to woo tourists in off season

    Published on : Tuesday, July 24, 2018

    Tourism Promotion Bureau of Sri Lanka is all set to launch mega campaigns in China, India and the Middle East to promote the island as a tourism destination during the off season, local media reported Tuesday.   The first campaign …

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  • Easy tourist visa policy to boost tourism in Sri Lanka

    Published on : Monday, July 23, 2018

    The Sri Lankan government announced plans of easing the air traffic system that will include visa for tourists in order to boosts the island’s tourism industry.     Ranil Wickremesinghe, Sri Lankan Prime Minister during the Hotel Show Colombo 2018 …

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  • The strategic partnership MoU finalized between Thailand & Sri Lanka

    Published on : Wednesday, July 11, 2018

    Thailand is all prepared to sign a memorandum of understanding or MoU in terms of strategic partnership with Sri Lanka and declare that the first round talks of Thailand-Sri Lanka free trade agreement to happen this week.   Auramon Supthaweethum, …

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  • Sri Lanka sees 18.7 percent increase in Chinese tourist arrivals in June 2018

    Published on : Friday, July 6, 2018

    The Chinese tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka grew by 18.7 % in June, compared to the same period last year.     The Tourism Minister of Sri Lanka John Amaratunga said that, there are 20,424 Chinese tourists arrived in the …

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