John Amaratunga

  • Sri Lanka to boost arrivals by starting mega integrated tourism digital plan

    Published on : Thursday, April 11, 2019

    To boost the number of arrivals to the country Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers on approved a proposal to kick off an integrated tourism digital plan.     Under a tourism digital plan an estimated 1.95 million U.S. dollars will …

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  • New police units installed in Sri Lanka for safety of tourists

    Published on : Thursday, March 28, 2019

    To ensure the safety of tourists, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) on Thursday said it had launched 22 new police units.   At present there were 11 tourist police units in the country and another 22 new Tourist …

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  • Sri Lanka promotes itself as a safari destination

    Published on : Tuesday, February 26, 2019

    In a bid to promote Sri Lanka as a safari destination, the Sri Lanka’s Tourism Ministry has launched a safari park which includes Bengal Tigers in the southern city of Hambantota.     Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian …

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Sri Lanka’s visitor arrivals rose by 6.2 percent in May

    Published on : Wednesday, June 6, 2018

    Visitor arrivals in Sri Lanka increased by nearly 6.2 percent in May as compared to the same month last year with more than 129,000 tourists visiting the island nation according to statistics from the Tourism Ministry that were revealed on …

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  • Sri Lanka likely to strengthen tourist police in 2018

    Published on : Wednesday, December 27, 2017

    The government of Sri Lanka mentioned on Tuesday that it would be strengthening its tourist police force in 2018 for the safety and assistance of globetrotters visiting the island nation.   The Law and Order Ministry officials also declared that …

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  • Sri Lanka expects to earn US$ 4 billion from 2.5million tourists in 2017

    Published on : Friday, April 21, 2017

    The tourism department of Sri Lanka expects to lure in an overwhelming 2.5 million tourists who are expected to generate US$ 4 billion in terms of foreign exchange for this nation this year.   This is backed by a short-term …

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  • Sri Lanka taps into European market for more tourists

    Published on : Friday, January 20, 2017

    The government of Sri Lanka is making efforts to lure in a large number of European tourists. It has even appointed as a senior official tourism consultant to highlight on the European continent, as described by the officials on Thursday. …

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  • Sri Lanka determined to attract 2.5 million tourists in 2017

    Published on : Friday, January 6, 2017

    Sri Lanka is determined to lure in nearly 2.5 million tourists in the year 2017 , though there have been certain challenges posed by the partial closure of its international  airport and also the withdrawal of the national carrier from …

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