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Sri Lanka welcomed 100,000 tourists in July

Sri Lanka welcomed 100,000 tourists in July

As previously estimated by Prime minister Ranil Wickremasinghe, tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka exceeded the 100,000 mark, which is an 83% increase in tourists from June. As per the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), 115,701 tourist arrivals were recorded in July. According to the SLTDA Director Upali Ratnayake, the tourism sector has shown steady progress over the past few weeks and the occupancy rates in hotels are improving as well. He also predicts that the industry will see a…

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Now is the best time to book a flight to Sri Lanka

Now is the best time to book a flight to Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan government has announced that it will reduce the price of aviation fuel, embarkation fees and ground handling charges in order to reduce airline charges for over 6 months. This plan is being implemented to revitalize the tourism sector of the country, which was affected by Easter Sunday attacks in April. The government anticipates that the reduction of costs will encourage airlines to increase flights, re-establish schedules and reduce prices of tickets to the island. The arrival of…

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Sri Lanka’s tourism sector on the road to recovery

Sri Lanka’s tourism sector on the road to recovery

Sri Lanka’s tourism sector is recovering faster than anticipated and the country is well underway to achieving similar numbers to what was recorded in 2018. This news comes directly from Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Chairman Johanne Jayaratne, who stated this at a media briefing by the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) back in July. Chairman Jayaratne pointed out that on Sunday, 7th July alone, 3700 travellers were recorded in Sri Lanka, which was more…

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Sri Lanka named the ‘World’s Best Island’

Sri Lanka named the ‘World’s Best Island’

Readers of New York-based travel magazine, ‘Travel + Leisure’ have once again ranked their top picks for cities, islands, hotels, and cruises in their ‘World’s Best Awards’. Amongst this extensive list of awards was the accolade for the ‘World’s Best Island’ and Sri Lanka was able to grab the no. 1 spot beating 14 other islands on the list; these included the Greek Islands of Santorini, Paros, Crete and Milos, the Galapagos Islands, Koh Lanta, Maui, Fiji, and the Maldives….

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Sri Lanka is still the best travel destination of 2019

Sri Lanka is still the best travel destination of 2019

Sri Lanka maintains the top spot on Lonely Planet’s list of best travel destinations for 2019, despite the Easter Sunday attacks in April; it continues to be an incredible place to visit, by offering an abundance of thrilling experiences and adventures for travellers. The travel publication noted that many countries have already softened their travel warnings including the USA, UK, and Australia and urged readers to check the latest travel advisories prior to travel. Sri Lanka made it to the…

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