Silver Lining in Tourism –  By Dr. Tilak S Fernando    Minister of Tourism Harin Fernando appointed Priantha Fernando as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTB). Priantha Fernando is a professional with many years of experience. He qualified for an M.Sc. in tourism at the University of Surrey. Also, he gained experience in Hotel Management and Tourism at Belair College, UK. Priantha Fernando held a number of senior positions in the public and private sector. When his appointment as the Chairman of the SLBT was announced, he was in Bangladesh on a significant project of the Bangladesh Tourism Board, which the IPE Global of India funded. After becoming Chairman of the SLBT, Priantha Fernando appeared in the ‘Big Focus’ programme on Derana TV with Janaka Gajaba, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau. They were on the ball and announced around 4,000 tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka ...

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Sri Lanka Crisis Light of Hope – By Dr harold Gunatillake Website: www.Doctorharold.com The indomitable world around us Nations helping with a mighty rush An island separated by ethnic clashes United, with no more bashes A great future awaits our masses *Tamil Nadu sends aid worth nearly Rs 400MN which includes a consignment with rice, milk powder, medicine, and more consignments of essentials Sri Lanka today received a consignment of humanitarian aid worth over 3 billion Sri Lankan rupees from India. *The 15,000 MT consignment includes rice, milk powder, and essential medicines, according to the Indian High Commission. The Indian High Commission said that Sri Lanka would receive more assistance in the future. Ambassadors of the European Union (EU) called on President Gotabhaya Rajapaksa at the Presidential Palace in Colombo on 24th June. “Consider European countries as friends of Sri Lanka….” “Will assist at this difficult time….” These remarks were made ...

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Good News From Jayam March 15, 2022 Pls Scroll Down 35 items   Happy Mardi Gras, New Orleans March 2022 President Rajapaksa Opens Sri Lanka’s Biggest Cement Factory by Lanwa President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa inaugurated the cement manufacturing facility of Lanwa Sanstha Cement Corporation Ltd., the largest cement factory in the country. They also laid the foundation stone for the proposed new steel factory. The investment for the new steel plant, which will be built on 250 acres of land is $400 million. The manufacturing process is scheduled to begin in late 2024.The investment for the cement factory, which commenced construction in March 2020, was $100 million. Covering an area of 63 acres, it is one of the largest cement factories in the South Asian region. The factory has an annual production capacity of 4 million metric tons and will supply 2.8 million metric tons to ...

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Tourism…are we on the right track? Source:Island I’m told that Asian countries have now become the prime destinations for high-spending travellers. Most of these high-end tourists venture out seeking unique travel experiences and that is the reason why they opt for exotic and unexplored destinations. Yes, Sri Lanka can be highlighted as one of those exotic and unique destinations. And, that is where our ‘think tanks,’ at Sri Lanka Tourism, come into action. However, we can’t be obsessed with just volumes, where tourist arrivals are concerned. We have also got to look at the spending power of the tourists we look to attract. ...

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Sri Lanka Tourism hosts Miss International UK   Source:island.lk Born to Sri Lankan parents, Miss. Evanjelin Elchmanar can be considered as an asset to Sri Lanka, since she was the first woman of color to win the prestigious Miss International UK title. She will be representing the United Kingdom in the 60th Miss International beauty pageant in October this year, one of the big three competitions alongside Miss Universe and Miss World. She will be visiting Sri Lanka on the 3rd of February 2022, and the main purpose of her visit is to join hands with Sri Lanka Tourism and make her contribution to promote Sri Lanka in the UK. She is a British citizen hailing from the City of Birmingham and she was able to win this achievement competing against more than 50 other British Individuals. Since She is very much into charity work from her much younger days, some ...

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MINIMUM ROOM RATES NEED REVISION IN ORDER TO INCREASE FIVE-STAR HOTEL OCCUPANCY IN COLOMBO SRI LANKAN EXPATRIATES FORM THE ‘BREAD AND BUTTER’ OF TOURISM INDUSTRY BY UPALI OBEYESEKERE     Believe it or not, Sri Lankan expatriates living round the world form the “bread and butter” of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry. This is a bold statement but in this writer’s humble opinion it is a true statement. Looking at the big picture it is a proven fact statistically that Sri Lankan expatriates who live overseas form the largest group of tourists coming to Sri Lanka regularly. This is true specially after the security situation improved in 2009. It is true that a few Sri Lankan expatriates have family and friends with whom they could ‘rough it out’ during their visits to Sri Lanka. The new trend is that a few get-together and rent a condominium (apartment) in Colombo and share ...

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Tourist arrivals in first 11 days of 2022 exceed 31,600 Source:ft.lk Russia, India, Ukraine, UK and Germany among top source markets Sri Lanka Tourism Chief Kimarli Fernando says future trend uncertain amidst COVID pandemic Asserts SL need to ‘ride with the tide’ to sustain industry Cancellations from EU and India amidst global Omicron threat SLTDA Director General Dhammika Wijayasingha says average tourists stay has extended to 14 or more, from 10 days  Most tourists come for wellness tourism, vaccination with family  Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka have exceeded 31,600 in the first 11 days of 2022, despite the challenges emanating from the global COVID pandemic and reinforcing the industry’s optimism. From 1 to 11 January, Sri Lanka received a record 31, 688 tourists, a significant rebound from 2021.  Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said during the first 11 days the highest number of tourist arrivals was from the Russian ...

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Tourism earnings hit $ 500 m target for 2021 By Charumini de Silva Source:ft.lk Industry aims to springboard from recovery to resilience from 2022 onwards Govt. all set to declare 2022 as ‘Visit Sri Lanka Year’ along with Global Communication Campaign Tourism Ministry to set up Special Secretariat to coordinate 5-year GCC activities National Tourism Policy for Sri Lanka to be finalised and implemented from this month The COVID-hit tourism industry has managed to rebound with earnings of over $ 500 million in 2021. “Tourism holds a greater significance in the services sector and has been a driver of growth for the economy. The industry was the most vulnerable to COVID-pandemic, but it has proven again its resilience with remarkable resurgence. The year ended with 194,495 tourists, with earnings surpassing the target of $ 500 million,” Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Director-General Dhammika Wijayasingha told the Daily FT. As ...

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Tourism industry stakeholders urged to strictly adhere to health protcols Source:Island Tourism Industry operators and stakeholders must ensure accountability with strict adherence to the protocols and mechanisms laid down to ensure the recovery of the industry. This is the time Industry should come together, work together and ensure Sri Lanka will have a steady yet continued recovery both for the sake of the country, communities and the industry at large, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau said in a press release. The release further said: Tourism was one of the fastest growing sectors in Asia and is the third largest foreign exchange earner in Sri Lanka. When the Covid-19 pandemic surfaced in 2020, tourism was the one to face the immediate impact and one of the industries to be strained the most. Sri Lanka first went into lockdown including the airport closure in March 2020 to control the spread of ...

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Sri Lanka Tourism and Australia’s MDF webinar to Share Insights from 10,000 Consumers from 10 Key Markets to Strategically Promote Tourism Reopening Source:bizenglish.adaderana.lk Members of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry are set to gain useful insights from a survey of 10,000 travel consumers across 10 key Sri Lankan source markets, in a webinar organised by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) in collaboration with Market Development Facility (MDF), Australia’s flagship private sector development program. “Business and Consumer Insights for Tourism Reopening in Sri Lanka” will take place via Zoom on Tuesday, 30 November, at 2.30 pm. The discussion panel will comprise Ms. Kimarli Fernando – Chairperson, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority; Mr. Hiran Cooray – Chairman, Jetwing Symphony PLC and Chairman, Tourism Advisory Committee; and Mr. Oliver Martin – Partner, Twenty 31 Consulting Inc. The webinar will be moderated by Katherine Droga – Founder, Droga & Co. The discussion will focus ...

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