Achieving another milestone in the country’s booming tourism industry, Sri Lanka Tourism welcomed the arrival of 1,000,000th tourist in 2014 at the Bandaranaike International Airport yesterday. Sri Lanka Tourism officials including Managing Director Rumy Jauffer along with representatives from the travel and tourism industry welcomed the couple – Joshua Gladstein and Sophie Nathan who arrived on a SriLankan Airlines flight from London.
A special cultural dance recital was held at the BIA to welcome the duo and Sri Lanka Tourism offered a special gift and a complimentary package to the couple.
With the arrival of the one millionth tourist, the booming tourism industry of Sri Lanka has shown signs of achieving its goal of 1.5 million tourist arrivals target set for year 2014 adding another ground-breaking record in tourism industry. The main focus for tourism industry for the next two years is to attract 2.5 million arrivals by the end of 2016. This strategic development plan of Sri Lanka Tourism will achieve its core objectives serving the needs of all stakeholders and ensuring the economic benefits of the industry distributed to a larger cross section of the society being in line with the national effort of making Sri Lanka, the emerging Wonder of Asia.