October

    • Tourism positioned to drive Sri Lanka’s economic prosperity: Minister John Amaratunga
      10 October 2019
      We are quite aware of the new trends which are essentially anchored on experience based tourism…In order to attract this growing segment we are developing and promoting new segments” – Minister John Amaratunga. View Daily FT article

 

    • A new 5-star hotel to be built in Kandy under BOI agreement
      10 October 2019
      The investment of $5.2 million signed by Star Class Hotel Ltd., is to set up 67 room 5-star hotel which will be located at Mavilamada Road, Kandy. View Daily FT article

 

  • September dip in tourist arrivals reverses month-on-month gain since June
    10 October 2019
    Compared to September 2018, arrivals fell 27.2%, marginally down from 28.3% in August, despite drawing over 21,000 tourists for the International Bohra Convention held in Colombo. View Daily FT article
  • TripAdvisor Ends Ticket Sales to Attractions That Breed or Buy Dolphins and Whales
    2 October 2019
    The move will ban sales to attractions and events at parks and aquariums worldwide, including SeaWorld, which has locations worldwide. View New York Times article

September

    • Video: CNN’s Richard Quest on Sri Lanka’s Future of Tourism
      25 September 2019
      Delivering a keynote address to tourism industry leaders in Sri Lanka, CNN Travel Correspondent Richard Quest addressed the audience on the major trends and issues in the global tourist industry. View Lanka Business Online article

 

  • Green light to launch PR campaign in 12 destinations
    15 September
    The US$ 1.3 billion campaign will comprise TV, radio, press and online campaigns in the 12 markets that have been earmarked for the promotion — UK, France, Germany, China, India, Australia, Poland and the Middle East. View Sunday Observer article

August

  • ‘Sri Lanka Revival’ in London boosts private sector confidence on tourism recovery
    8 August 2019
    Two independent UK-based tour operators- Travel Gallery and Experience Travel Group hosted “Sri Lanka Revival” on 16 July in London. The event, focused on encouraging holidaymakers to return to the beautiful paradise isle, drew in over 90 UK tour operators, 40 journalists and 50+ representatives from Sri Lankan hotels and Destination Management Companies (DMCs). Read More via Colombo page.

July

    • New Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance to ‘take the lead’ on destination’s marketing
      17 July 2019
      More than 200 people including journalists, tour operators and agents gathered at the Royal Over-Seas League in London last night (Tuesday 16 July) for the Specialists Support Sri Lanka event organised by the Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance and Aito members to help “relaunch” the destination following the bombings on Easter Sunday which killed more than 250 people. Read More via TTG online.

 

    • Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance to release two reports on rejuvenating sector
      17 July 2019
      The Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance, an industry body, has decided to release two reports consisting of actionable steps that can be taken by the private sector in conjunction with the Government to reinvigorate the tourism industry post-Easter Sunday attacks. Resplendent Ceylon Managing Director Malik Fernando, sharing his views on the state of Sri Lankan tourism at an exclusive interview with Daily FT, expanded on the nature of the reports to be released. Read More via Daily FT online.

 

    • ST Travel Meets… Malik J Fernando, founder of the Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance
      7 July 2019
      When the Easter Sunday attack happened, I was in Colombo. I was in a state of shock as the news came in. We were at peace, how could this happen? But, from the targets, I immediately knew that the attacks were nothing to do with the previous conflict. It was not about Sri Lanka, but geopolitics. That season, December to April, had been our best ever. Sri Lankans’ overwhelming reaction was of sorrow for not taking care of their foreign guests, as well as grieving for their own losses. Afterwards there was a sense of confusion and miscommunication. Read More via The Times UK online.

 

  • Sri Lankan hoteliers unite to launch #LoveSriLanka campaign
    1 July 2019
    An inspiring new initiative to support the people of Sri Lanka is set to unite both the global travel industry and consumers alike in the bid to get tourism to this beautiful destination back on track. Standing strong in the face of adversity, a group of Sri Lankan hoteliers teamed up to form the Sri Lanka Tourism Alliance and have now launched the heart-warming #LoveSriLanka campaign. Read More via PC Agency.