Author Archive for Tourism

Advocating For One Of Emirates Four Daily A 380 Flights, Between Australasia & Dubai to Drop Off & Pick Up Passengers At Mattala International Airort Sri Lanka, Which They Fly Over And Have, On Payment , Secured Emergency Landing Rights

Monday, April 29th, 2024

Dr. Chula Rajapakse MNZM Spokesperson for the United Sri Lanka Association To : Hon Chris Bishop MPMinister of Housing Government of New Zealand.Dear Chris,Thank you for agreeing to advocate to achieve the above objective. The basis for this request is as follows:1. There is an urgent need to improve connectivity between New Zealand & Sri Lanka, […]

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Price-gouging & verbal hostility: Arrested street food vendor granted bail

Wednesday, April 17th, 2024

Courtesy Adaderana The owner of a street food eatery in Aluthkade, who was arrested for price-gouging a foreign tourist and behaving in a verbally aggressive manner, has been granted bail. When the accused was produced before the court earlier today (17), he was ordered to be released on a cash bail of Rs. 50,000 and […]

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Belgian traveller scammed in Kalutara

Sunday, April 14th, 2024

By CHATURANGA PRADEEP SAMARAWICKRAMA Colombo, April 12 (Daily Mirror) – Tim Tense, a Belgian traveller exploring Sri Lanka, recently shared a troubling encounter from his visit to Kalutara. According to Tim, he fell victim to a scam at a local restaurant, where he was charged an exorbitant Rs. 1,000 for a single Ulundu Vadai and a […]

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Elections could dent Sri Lanka’s recovery: ADB

Sunday, April 14th, 2024

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Colombo, April 12 – Sri Lanka’s recovery could be stalled by abrupt policy changes after elections later this year even as the economy showed signs of stabilising, the Asian Development Bank warned Friday. The island nation weathered an unprecedented financial crisis in 2022 that forced a foreign debt default as well […]

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Sri Lanka tourism records highest monthly income in four years

Saturday, March 2nd, 2024

Courtesy BorneoBulletin COLOMBO (XINHUA) – Sri Lanka recorded its highest monthly income from tourism in four years in January, according to the latest data issued by Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The central bank’s Economic Research Department said in a report released on Friday that in January, the South Asian country earned USD342 million from […]

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Sri Lanka’s tourism poised for remarkable growth as visa free travel enhances industry potential

Tuesday, February 20th, 2024

Courtesy Adaderana February, 20, 2024 Tourism in Sri Lanka is on a high growth trajectory following a boost in Sri Lanka’s potential as a must-visit destination. Visa free travel for tourists from China, India, Indonesia, Russia, Thailand, Malaysia and Japan has provided the right nudge for tourists to put Sri Lanka on the top of […]

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Sri Lanka developing Ramayana Trail to boost tourism from India – Tourism Minister

Tuesday, February 13th, 2024

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka developing Ramayana Trail to boost tourism from India – Tourism Minister Tourists from India topped the list of countries visiting Sri Lanka in January 2023 and the island nation was positive about surge in religious tourism with consecration of Ram Temple in Ayodhya. Sri Lanka was also working on Ramayana trail […]

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Sri Lanka-India passenger ferry services to resume this week

Thursday, January 18th, 2024

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Colombo, Jan 18 (Daily Mirror) – The passenger ferry service between India’s Nagapattinam and Kankesanthurai in Jaffna will be initiated this week, Controller General of Immigration and Emigration I.S.H.J. Ilukpitiya said. Addressing the media, he said that so far, the initial programmes required to initiate the service have been completed, and […]

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Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals cross 200,000 in December; highest monthly figure in 4 years

Saturday, December 30th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka has seen more than 200,000 tourist arrivals in the month of December alone, Tourism Minister Harin Fernando said in a post on the social media platform X. He noted that this is the highest number of monthly tourist arrivals the country has recorded over the past four years. Figures in the […]

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Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka surpass 1.4 mln this year

Sunday, December 24th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka received over 1.4 million tourists by the end of the third week of December, the latest statistics released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) show. The SLTDA weekly report on tourist arrivals released on Saturday shows that 1,404,998 tourists have arrived by Dec. 21, 2023. According to the report, […]

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Over 200,000 Russian tourists likely to visit Sri Lanka next year

Wednesday, December 20th, 2023

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Sri Lanka is one of the most preferred and favourite destinations for Russian tourists, said Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Sri Lanka, Levan S. Dzhagaryan. Dzhagaryan indicated an estimated 200,000 Russian tourists are likely to visit Sri Lanka in 2024 and air connectivity too would be further strengthened. […]

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Sri Lanka seeks to attract Arab visitors with Ibn Battuta’s trail

Saturday, December 16th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka is trying to attract Arab visitors by promoting the travels of the famed 14th-century explorer Ibn Battuta, Colombo’s envoy to Riyadh said on Saturday. The famed Moroccan explorer’s ship arrived in the northwestern port of Puttalam from the Maldives in September 1344. At that time, Puttalam was under the rule of […]

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“Visit Sri Lanka!”  Tourism Promotion networking event in Canberra 

Friday, December 8th, 2023

Press Statement Sri Lanka High Commission Canberra The High Commission of Sri Lanka in Canberra in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau hosted a vibrant evening reception to a selected number of outbound tour operators in Canberra on 06th December 2023 at the Sri Lanka High Commission premises. The key objective of this event was to […]

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Sri Lanka implements free tourist visas to nationals from India and six other countries

Tuesday, November 28th, 2023

Courtesy The Telegraph  online Aimed at boosting the tourism sector, Indian tourists – the largest inbound group – to Sri Lanka, would receive free tourist visas with immediate effect, the Department of Immigration and Emigration has announced here. The facility follows a Cabinet decision from October to issue free tourist visas to travellers from India, […]

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President outlines vision for a unified Sri Lankan-Maldivian tourist area

Saturday, November 18th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana During the key note address at the ‘YPO Colombo Experience: Rediscover the Pearl’ conference held today (18) at the Shangri La hotel Colombo, President Ranil Wickremesinghe revealed his vision for transforming the economic landscape of the region. The President, who held discussions with the new Maldivian President Dr. Mohamed Muizzu, yesterday (17), expressed […]

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Sri Lanka approves visa-free entry for visitors from 7 countries

Tuesday, October 24th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka’s Cabinet has approved visa-free entry for visitors from seven countries including India, China and Russia as a pilot project until 31 March 2024, Tourism Minister Harin Fernando said. In a tweet, he said the Cabinet has approved visa-free entry to visitors from India, China, Russia, Malaysia, Japan, Indonesia and Thailand with […]

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India-Sri Lanka ferry service set to begin Tuesday, over a decade since plan first mooted

Saturday, October 7th, 2023

Written by Arun Janardhanan  Courtesy The Indian Express The ferry will operate between Nagapattinam in Tamil Nadu and Kankesanthurai in Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The transit time is expected to be three hours. The vessel to be used as the ferry is called Cheriyapani and it can accommodate 150 passengers. (Twitter/@KRD_forum) The much-awaited passenger ferry service between […]

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Minimum meal prices for residential guests at Colombo city hotels from October

Thursday, September 21st, 2023

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Sept 21 (NewsWire – Minimum prices for meals offered for residential guests at tourist hotels in the Colombo Municipal Council limits will be implemented from October, as per a Gazette notification issued by the government.  The Gazette, dated September 11, 2023, has been authorised by the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development […]

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Minimum room rates for Colombo City hotels from October

Thursday, September 21st, 2023

Courtesy NewsIn.Asia Sept 18 (NewsWire) – The Gazette notification on the introduction of Minimum Room Rates (MRR) for Colombo City Hotels will come into effect from October 01, 2023. According to the Daily FT, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Chairman Priantha Fernando has formally notified the General Managers of the hotels in this regard. The […]

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Passenger ferry service between TN and Sri Lanka likely from October

Thursday, September 21st, 2023

By Antony Fernando Express News Service Courtesy The Indian Express The service covering around 60 nautical miles will start from Nagapattinam Mini Port, sources said. Each ferry will carry around 150 passengers. Published: 21st September 2023 08:45 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st September 2023 08:45 AM  |  A+A A- NAGAPATTINAM: Efforts are on by the Union government’s Shipping Corporation of India to […]

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Sri Lanka ranked as one of best 50 islands in the world for travel in 2023 by Big 7

Thursday, September 14th, 2023

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Sri Lanka has been listed as one of the 50 best islands in the world for travel for 2023 by Big 7 Travel. The island nation was ranked 13 in the annual round up of the world’s best islands. Sri Lanka has been off the tourism radar for a few years […]

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Officials visiting SL to host show greeted by unmanned counter at BIA

Friday, August 4th, 2023

Courtesy The Daily Mirror While Sri Lanka has secured the bid to host a prestigious travel awards show in Colombo, the officials visiting Sri Lanka to discuss the event had been greeted by unmanned service counters at the Bandaranaike International Airport. This was revealed by State Tourism Minister Diana Gamage who welcomed the officials representing […]

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MoU to be signed for direct flights between Sri Lanka and Israel

Sunday, July 2nd, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana The Civil Aviation Authority of Israel has confirmed that a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) will be signed by the relevant authorities of Israel and Sri Lanka in order to commence the air service of providing direct passenger flights from Tel Aviv in Israel to Katunayake. During a discussion held in this regard, Minister […]

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Sri Lanka hotels and agents clash over new pricing policy for Colombo hotels

Friday, June 30th, 2023

By Feizal Samath Courtesy TTG Asia Sri Lanka’s decision to enact a compulsory minimum rate policy for Colombo hotels has led to a row between hoteliers and travel agents in the country. Set for implementation from August 1 this year, the policy requires five-star hotels to charge at least US$130 per room, excluding taxes; four-star at […]

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Luxury cruise vessel opens new vistas for Sri Lanka’s tourism sector

Sunday, June 25th, 2023

By P.K.Balahandran/Sunday Observer Colombo, June 25: When Cordelia Cruise’s luxury vessel MV Empress sailed into the Kankesanthurai (KKS) Port on June 19, it marked two milestones: First, it opened Jaffna and the Northern Province to an elite class of overseas travellers from India for the first time. Second, it gave lustre to the re-opening of […]

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India’s First International Cruise Flagged Off from Chennai to Sri Lanka

Monday, June 5th, 2023

Courtesy The Daily Mirror Union minister for ports, shipping, and waterways Sarbananda Sonowal flagged off India’s first international cruise headed for Sri Lanka from the Chennai Port on Monday as part of a series of initiatives set off by the Centre to jump-start cruise tourism across the country. The luxury ship, MV Empress, will reach […]

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Sri Lanka eyes Chinese tourism to help ease debt crisis

Monday, May 22nd, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana Sri Lanka is mulling measures to lure back Chinese tourists in a bid to alleviate an unprecedented debt crisis, its tourism minister said, as the South Asian nation tries to stabilize the economy. The country is targeting half a million Chinese tourists in 2024, nearly double its pre-Covid visitor levels, Tourism Minister Harin […]

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Why wifi-free ‘hotspots’ are new holiday heaven for Britons

Thursday, May 4th, 2023

By: Nadeem Badshah Courtesy Eastern Eye New holiday trend has been backed by doctors who have warned that excessive screen time can hamper sleep. India and Sri Lanka are popular destinations due to their religious and spiritual significance Thousands of Britons are travelling to remote locations in India and Sri Lanka for a digital detox”, […]

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Indian tourists able to use INR for local transactions – CBSL Governor

Tuesday, April 25th, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana The Governor of the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) Dr. Nandalal Weerasinghe has stated that Indian tourists visiting Sri Lanka can now use the Indian Rupee (INR) for local transactions.  Delivering the keynote address at the webinar organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Dr. Weerasinghe reiterated […]

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Travellers to Sri Lanka alerted about fraudulent visa websites.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2023

Courtesy Adaderana The High Commission of India in Colombo has issued an advisory for travellers to Sri Lanka on fraudulent visa websites. The Controller General of Immigration & Emigration of Sri Lanka has warned travellers to Sri Lanka about misleading websites that charge exorbitant fees for Sri Lanka ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) visas. The high […]

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