It’s a golden opportunity for Indian tourists who desire to travel Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Tourism announced special package. The package offers 30 % to 60% discounts that include discounted airfare, accommodation, transport and more. There are five exclusive tour packages designed that ranges from a combination of stays in Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Dambulla, Sigiriya and South Coast. There are multiple options to suit any budget. These offers will be valid for stays from June 10, 2019 to September 30, 2019 and can be availed through the travel agents network in India. These packages are unique to India. It can be availed across Sri Lankan Airlines’ network covering 12 cities in India with 123 weekly flights. The package is organized in collaboration with SriLankan Airlines, The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) and inbound tour operators. Additionally, Master Card, which has over 180 million Indian card holders, has also come on board to promote the launched packages through their well-connected channels.
The attractive packages were announced at a media briefing organized by Her Excellency Chamari Rodrigo – Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai to revive back tourism in island nation. The event was held at ITC Grand Central Hotel in Mumbai, attended by Sri Lankan delegation headed by John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs. Other delegates included Felix Rodrigo senior advisor to minister, Nalin Jayasundera VP SLAITO, Kishu Gomes-Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Buddhika Hewawasam- Manager – Sri Lankan Holidays, Chinthaka Weerasinghe (Regional Manager, Sri Lankan Airlines – North India and Viranga Bandara – Assistant Director, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.
John Amaratunga, Minister of Tourism spoke of the restored security environment in Sri Lanka and assured the audience that the incident will not reoccur again. He further requested Indian media to fully support the efforts put forth by the Sri Lanka Tourism Board together with key stakeholders of the industry and thanked them for their extended support in the past which has been instrumental in making India the number one source market for Sri Lanka.
Kishu Gomes, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau described the brand and marketing communication strategy aimed at reviving the industry as well as the growth trajectory that Sri Lanka Tourism recorded. Furthermore, Gomes requested Indian tourists to avail of the attractive package while supporting the process of recovery as Sri Lanka’s most respected neighbor.
Dimuthu Tennakoon, Head of Worldwide Sales and Distribution (HWSD) of Sri Lankan Airlines said “India has been the number one source market to Sri Lanka over the past decade and in 2018 recorded over 400,000 visitors to the island. The national carrier SriLankan Airlines operates 123 weekly flights from key Indian cities and we believe such offers are quick to popularize across Indian cities”.
Commendable growth of Indian tourists:
Sri Lanka aims to progressively promote the destination for weddings and film shoots this year, with leisure being the primary focus.India has accounted for 18.2 percent, which is 424,887 arrivals in 2018, an impeccable 10.5 percent hike from last year. In 2017 itself, 383,000 Indians visited the destination. In 2018, this number increased to 426,000.