Category Archives: Sri Lanka Tourism

Tourist arrivals up 20 % in 2014

Sri Lanka attracted 1,527,153 tourists for the past calendar year recording a 19.8 percent growth year-on-year (yoy), with India, UK and China leading the pack, according to statistics released by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority yesterday.While December observed the highest … Continue reading

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1.5 millionth tourist welcomed at BIA

The Sri Lanka Tourism Board welcomed the arrival of the 1,500,000th tourist for the year 2014 at the Bandaranayake International Airport. Sri Lanka Tourism officials,including Managing director Rumy Jauffer and representative from the travel and tourism industry, warmly welcomed the … Continue reading

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November Tourist Arrivals Up 9.4%

Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka during the month of November rose 9.4 percent year-on-year (YoY) to 119,727 visitors while total arrivals for the first 11 months of the year stood at 1.34 million, up 20.3 percent YoY, the official tourism data … Continue reading

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Colombo-Kandy Expressway takes off on Friday

President Mahinda Rajapaksa will launch the construction work on the Colombo—Kandy Expressway — one of the major infrastructure development projects undertaken by the government – with the laying of the foundation stone at Senkadagala on Friday Information and Media Minister … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka closing in 1.5mn tourists target

October arrivals up 13.6% to 121.576 Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka during the months to September rose 13.6 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 121,576 visitors and total arrivals for the first 10 months of the year was 1.22million, up 21.5 percent … Continue reading

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SriLankan Airlines, Qantas codeshare takes-off

A new codeshare agreement between Sri Lanka’s national carrier Sri Lankan Airlines and Australia’s flagship carrier Qantas Airways announced in September 2014, came into effect from 26 October paving the way for increased tourism potential between Sri Lanka and Australia, … Continue reading

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Lotus Tower to reach 190m by December

The Lotus Tower, that is being constructed down D.R. Wijewardena Mawatha would be completed in January 2016, and it would reach 190 metres by December this year, the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) said. The Director General of TRC, Anusha Palpita said that … Continue reading

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Tourist arrivals rise 17% in September

Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 16.8 percent to 105,535 in September 2014 from a year earlier, driven by India and China, data from the state tourism promotion office released last week showed.In the nine months of 2014, arrivals grew by … Continue reading

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Sri Lanka makes impression at International French Travel Market

Sri Lanka raised its profile to that of an Asian Tourism icon at the annual ‘IFTM TOP RESA’ (International French Travel Market) which was held in Paris from 23rd to 26th September 2014. Sri Lanka’s pavilion was opened by Sri … Continue reading

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Colombo Port city to a flying start

Chinese President Xi Jinping  launched the construction of a $1.4 billion port city in Sri Lanka’s capital that will give Beijing a firmer foothold in the Indian Ocean region. Xi wrapped up his two-day visit to Sri Lanka by visiting … Continue reading

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