• Tourist arrivals released for November 2019 by SLTDA indicate a 9% monthly decline from 2018
    1 December 2019
    Despite the decline, the statistics show it’s the smallest gap between 2019 and 2018, inferring a pick up by a number of European countries.


  • Applications open for Australian Government’s short Course in Sustainable Tourism and Development
    1 December 2019

    The Australian Government’s “Australia Awards” are offering eligible individuals currently employed in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry a place in their short course focused on sustainable tourism and development. Applications close 20 December, more information available online.


  • Realistic approach vital to entice tourists to Lanka
    24 November 2019
    Sri Lanka as a tourist destination has the potential and the ideal recipe to allure at least nine million tourists per year. This dream could be realised with a pragmatic approach backed by systematic planning, said Aquarius Resorts (Pvt) Ltd., CEO Dr. Dietmar Doering in an interview with the Business Observer last week. Read more via the Sunday Observer.


  • Tourism industry wants more promos; confidence boosted
    24 November 2019
    The tourism industry believes the peaceful election and a one-party government has renewed confidence in the business community in Sri Lanka. “Sri Lankans showed maturity at the election and this has become an endorsement for the destination,” Aitken Spence Managing Director Travels Nalin Jayasundere told the Business Times. Read more via The Sunday Times.


  • Disrupt Asia 2019 praises Sri Lanka Tourism
    24 November 2019
    The Disrupt Asia 2019 Conference and Technology Festival was held recently for the fourth consective year…showcasing and promoting tech start ups. Read more via Ceylon Today.


  • CCTHA unites to promote sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka
    21 November 2019
    The Colombo City Tourist Hotels Association (CCTHA) yesterday announced its pledge to eliminate the use of single-use plastic to preserve Sri Lanka’s appeal as a top tourist destination. Read the full article via Daily FT online.


    • The mantra of attracting high-end tourists
      19 November 2019
      “Easier said than done!” is what many veterans of the tourism industry say whenever the subject of enticing high spenders to Sri Lanka is debated. That being so, some boutique brands have fetched high prices in the past though the current situation has compelled them to break even with reduced rates. Read the full article via Daily FT online.


    • SLTDA Chairman to overlook functions of SLTPB
      19 November 2019
      Due to the resignation of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) Chairman Kishu Gomes last Friday, Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga has appointed Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Chairman Johanne Jayaratne as the acting SLTPB Chairman. Read more via The Daily Mirror.


    • EDB Chief Indira steps down; Johanne to oversee tourism promotion
      19 November 2019
      Export Development Board (EDB) Chairperson and Chief Executive Indira Malwatte yesterday tendered her resignation. Malwatte steps down from the position after a stint of over four years following the Strategic Development and International Trade Minister also announcing his resignation from the Government and retirement from active politics in the wake of the polls loss on Saturday. Read more via Daily FT.


    • WTM London 2019 – Biggest ever promotion for Sri Lanka Tourism
      13 November 2019
      According to World Travel and Tourism Council WTTC, as one of the world’s largest economic sectors, Travel & Tourism creates jobs, drives exports, and generates prosperity across the world. The sector accounted for 10.4% of global GDP and 319 million jobs, or 10% of total employment in 2018. Read more via Adaderana Business online.


    • Sri Lanka to launch tourism campaigns in 12 countries starting mid-December
      7 November 2019
      The state-run Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau will begin launching tourism marketing campaigns totaling 1.2 billion rupees in 12 key markets starting mid-December, a top official said. Read more via Economy Next.


    • Tourist arrivals dip 22.5% in October
      7 November 2019
      Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka were down 22.5% in October and 20.7% over the past 10 months, confirming a continuing downturn following the Easter Sunday terror attacks. According to data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) yesterday, October arrivals were 118,743 as against 153,123 a year ago… Read more via Daily FT online.


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