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  • #34
    SLTDA removes minimum room rate imposed on Colombo City Hotels

    May 27, 2019, 6:07 pm


    In a press release, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority stated that due to the severe hit on tourism industry following Easter Sunday attacks, they have decided to remove the minimum room rate (MRR) imposed on Colombo City Hotels effective immediately.


    Furthermore, it stated that it’s better for the market forces to decide the room rates rather than SLTDA dictating terms due to the prevailing situation.


    Last week, the travel ban on visiting Sri Lanka implemented by China was lifted to "cautious when traveling" to Sri Lanka and the Authority is confident that the travel advisories will be lifted in the next couple of weeks as they have been working closely with many diplomatic missions since the incident
    "The best values today are often found in the stocks that were once hot and have since gone cold"

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    • #35
      Sri Lanka commerce returning to normal, more tourists by August: PM

      ECONOMYNEXT – Germany has removed a travel ban on Sri Lanka, imposed after Easter Sunday’s suicide bombings, along with other key markets like India and China, while the country’s commerce was returning to normal Prime Minister Ranil Wickremsinghe said. The government was striving to quickly revive tourism, which was the worst hit by the suicide bombings of three churches and three hotels by Islamist extremists which killed over 250 people, he told a meeting of parliamentarians and local government councillors.

      “The Cabinet of ministers has activated a plan to increase the number of tourists from India, China and Europe by August,” Wickremesinghe said.

      “We expect that by December the number of tourists would reach our target.

      Wickremesinghe also said commerce had revived after a downturn triggered by the attacks and subsequent curfews to quell communal violence against Muslims with the noticeable recovery in sales in the last two weeks.
      (COLOMBO 29 May 2019)

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      • #36
        සංචාරක පැමිණීම්හි ක්‍රමික වර්ධනයක්

        පාස්කු ඉරිදා ප්‍රහාරයෙන් අනතුරුව දැඩි බලපෑමක් එල්ල වී තිබූ සංචාරක කර්මාන්තය මේ වන විට ක්‍රමයෙන් යථා තත්ත්වයට පත්වෙමින් පවතින බව ගුවන් තොටුපොළ ආරංචි මාර්ග සඳහන් කරයි.

        රටවල් කිහිපයක්ම ශ්‍රී ලංකාවේ සංචාරය කිරීමට තිබූ බාධා ලිහිල් කිරීමත් සමගින් මෙරට සංචාරය කිරිමට පැමිණෙන සංචාරකයන්ගේ පැමිණීම්හි වර්ධනයක් මේ වන පෙන්නුම් කරමින් තිබේ.

        පාස්කු ඉරිදා ප්‍රහාරයට ප්‍රථමව දිනකට කටුනායක ගුවන් තොටුපොළට පැමිණි හා ඉන් පිටත්ව ගිය ගුවන් යානා වාර ගණන 170 ඉක්මවිය. එම ප්‍රමාණයද දැන් ක්‍රමයෙන් වර්ධනය වෙමින් ගුවන් ගමන් වාර 150/160ක් අතර ප්‍රමාණයක් මේ වන විට ක්‍රියාත්මක වෙමින් පවතී.




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        • #37
          Sri Lanka tourism kicks off promotion campaign in India

          June 4, 2019

          Sri Lanka Tourism with the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) and The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) together with Sri Lankan Airlines to launched five promotional packages in the Indian market.

          “We look forward to activating this campaign as soon as possible in India and looking at similar offers in other key source markets including China which is expected to be rolled out in the future. Our tourist sites and hotels are fully operational and Sri Lanka Tourism is looking forward to welcoming visitors.” stated Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife & Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga.

          The five packages include a combination of stays ranging from Colombo, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Down South etc. The client could select standard, superior or deluxe accommodation to suit their budget.

          The offer will be valid for stays from 10 June 2019 until 30 September 2019 and will be available for booking and sale through the Sri Lankan Holidays network in India.

          https://www.lankabusinessonline.com/...aign-in-india/

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          • #38
            Rooms 50% off and ads in Russia: Sri Lanka woos tourists after attacks

            11 June 2019

            Sri Lanka’s battered tourism industry is trying to woo visitors back to beaches deserted after the deadly Easter bombings, slashing hotel rates and pushing promotions in key markets like Russia.
            Tourism, which accounts for 5% of Sri Lanka’s gross domestic product, tanked after Islamist bombers on 21 April attacked luxury hotels and churches, killing 250 people, including 40 foreigners.



            England, India, and the United States were among countries that issued travel advisories for Sri Lanka, a perse island with pristine beaches, ancient Buddhist temples, and lush hills that Lonely Planet selected as its top 2019 destination.

            Those advisories contributed to a flood of cancellations and a drop in bookings just as the monsoon-dominated low season was beginning.

            To lure tourists back, Sri Lanka is hosting international sporting events, and has mothballed a rule on minimum rates for hotel stays. State-owned SriLankan Airlines is offering special fares and pushing joint promotions with the Government’s tourism board. Some hotels are waiving corkage fees on day trips, while tour groups are offering free airport pickups.

            Lavanga Resort & Spa in the southern beach resort of Hikkaduwa, for example, is offering rooms for $35 instead of the usual $75 - with free breakfast. Travel agents are promoting the offer in Russia, with some success.

            “We have offered rock bottom rates for foreigners. We are getting bookings for the winter season,” said Lavanga’s managing director, Anusha Frydman.

            Reservations for the next few months remain tepid, however, with occupancy around 10% versus 30% last year.

            But some tourists are lapping up a dream vacation on the cheap.

            “I secured a six-night stay in a plush southern hotel for $200, which included complimentary Ayurvedic treatment,” said 52 year-old Leif Ohlson from Sweden.

            Data suggests more and more foreigners are emulating him.

            A daily average of 1,400 to 1,500 foreign visitors are currently in Sri Lanka, up from 1,000 recorded immediately after the attacks, said Kishu Gomes, the head of the Tourism Bureau.

            That is still down from around 4,500 last year, but with countries including India and China lifting their travel advisories, officials are optimistic.

            “We are expecting the recovery to commence. It is too early to say how fast and to what level it will be,” Gomes said.

            A rebound could not come fast enough, however, especially for smaller hotels.

            “Lots of hotels have curtailed operations and shut down wings. They may have reduced or laid off (staff),” said Sanath Ukwatte, the president of the Hotels Association of Sri Lanka. He said he did not have any immediate data, however.

            http://www.ft.lk/front-page/Rooms-50...acks/44-679786

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            • #39
              Shangri-La Hotel Colombo to Reopen Tomorrow


              June, 11, 2019




              Shangri-La Hotel, Colombo recently announced that it will partially reopen on Wednesday, June 12, following the Easter Sunday attacks.


              “The Shangri-La Group is grateful to the local authorities and the global community for their outpouring of support and messages of commendations received these past seven weeks” the hotel said in a statement.


              ‘We remain deeply appreciative of the selfless service and courageous spirit demonstrated by our colleagues and the Sri Lankan community in the face of such adversity,” the hotel further noted.

              The Shangri-La Hotel in Colombo was one of three hotels hit by the suicide attacks on April 21 and suffered extensive damages. While the other two hotels reopened in recent weeks, most of the sections of the Shangri-La Hotel remained closed.


              http://bizenglish.adaderana.lk/shang...open-tomorrow/

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              • #40
                Sri Lanka Insurance to give travel cover for tourists

                Jun 12, 2019



                Sri Lanka's state-owned Sri Lanka Insurance Corporation (SLIC) is awaiting approval from the government to issue travel insurance for foreign tourists, a top official said.

                "We have developed a plan to give both travel and hospitalization cover," Managing Director Chandana Aluthgama said.

                The SLIC policy will include a 100,000 US dollar medical cover.

                "We have sent the proposal to the Finance Ministry for approval," he said.

                Aluthgama said the planned premium will be a competitive, nominal fee, but the final price would depend on the government's decision.

                Travel insurance is usually offered by insurers in countries where the tourist originates from.

                However, with the travel bans which were imposed on Sri Lanka after the Easter Sunday attack, many foreign insurance companies had refused to sell policies to tourists visiting Sri Lanka.

                Travel advisories have now been relaxed to some degree by most major countries, downgrading to be cautious, instead of 'do not travel'.

                However, reinsurance costs remain high for Sri Lanka, pushing up travel policy premiums.

                At Australian insurance aggregator comparethemarket.com, travel insurance covers to Sri Lanka start at 35 AUS dollars (24.4 US dollars) for 5-days, while for India, they start at 30 AUS dollars.

                A Sri Lanka based insurance company which has already set up a travel insurance package meanwhile was selling its plan for 30 US dollars for a 5-day trip.

                A company official said there was little demand for the cover. Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka had fallen 70 percent in May.

                Meanwhile, HNB Insurance Managing Director Deepti Lokuarachchi said his firm does not currently have plans to set up a travel insurance policy for foreigners.

                "If we set up such a policy, we have to bear higher costs for a new marketing strategy and have adequate funds for reinsuring," he said.

                He said if he pays reinsurance deposits for 100,000 covers but only 10,000 tourists purchase the cover, he still has to bear the total cost.

                "The tourist arrivals are low, and reinsurance costs are high," he said. "The market has to be explored thoroughly before a policy is created."

                He suggested that the government could offer an insurance policy for interested tourists, to be bundled with visa fees.

                The National Insurance Trust Fund has meanwhile pledged to offer the Strike, Riot, Civil Commotion and Terrorist insurance cover for any tourists buying a travel policy from a Sri Lankan insurer.

                NITF Chairman Manjula de Silva said if the local insurers are able to provide a competitive travel policy, they may be able to compete with foreign firms even after the situation returns to normal.

                The tourism industry is expecting a recovery over the next 12 months.

                https://economynext.com/Sri_Lanka_In...-14770-17.html

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                • #41
                  Average daily tourist arrivals up in June - Gomes

                  June 13, 2019

                  The average number of tourists per day has increased to 2,000 in June so far with comparison to the average of 1,300 tourists per day in May, said Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), Kishu Gomes.

                  In May there had been a decline of 70.8 % of tourist arrivals but with all the steps we are taking to revive the industry, we will be able to reach the desired level.

                  “If we are able to end the year 20% less than last year we have all the reasons to be happy,” he said.

                  Countries such as Belgium, China, India, Italy, Sweden, Germany, Netherland, Switzerland and Denmark have already revised their travel adversaries and some countries have given out updates indicating that they are about to lift their travel adversaries.


                  He also said that with reference to the promotional campaigns, Sri Lanka is going to participate in 25 travel exhibitions, 18 more road shows and nine consumer engagement campaigns.

                  The countries that are not covered through the above promotional campaigns are considered separately and SLTPB is expecting to carry out campaigns to promote Sri Lankan tourism in those countries separately.

                  Furthermore, Gomes said that they have invested Rs 415 million on the global PR agency and Rs.500 million on the advertising campaign.

                  http://www.dailynews.lk/2019/06/13/f...als-june-gomes
                  Last edited by ruwan326; 06-13-2019, 06:46 AM.

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                  • #42
                    Spanish investor to build cabana hotel near Sri Lanka’s Yala nature reserve

                    Jun 13, 2019





                    A Spanish investor is to build a hotel with 43 luxury cabanas close to the Yala nature reserve on Sri Lanka’s southeast coast, the Board of Investment said.

                    The BOI has signed an agreement with Putus Brother’s Sustainable Developments (Private) Limited to build, construct and operate a 15-cabana hotel in Palatupana, Yala initially.

                    The total value of the project is 1.6 million US dollar.

                    The project will eventually consist of 43 luxury cabanas.

                    Initially, 15 cabanas, considered at 4 star luxury level, would be built, the BOI statement said.

                    All cabanas would have an individual swimming pool and a sea view.

                    “The recent problems are in my view temporary and in the long term the country will emerge as an attractive hub for tourism and investment,” Putus Brother’s Sustainable Developments director Narcis Clavelland was quoted as saying in the statement.


                    https://economynext.com/Spanish_inve...3-14789-7.html

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                    • #43
                      Thailand to promote tourism to Sri Lanka after Easter Sunday attack

                      Jun 16, 2019


                      The Tourism Authority of Thailand will stand in solidarity with Sri Lanka following the Easter Sunday attack, and promote bilateral tourism with the local tourism promotions office, a statement said.

                      "Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand accompanied by a group of outbound travel agents and journalists is to visit Sri Lanka shortly," a statement from the Sri Lankan Tourism Development Ministry said.

                      "The visit is to express solidarity with Sri Lanka and help revive the country’s tourism industry," it said.

                      "A Memorandum of Understanding is to be signed between Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Tourism Authority of Thailand to promote bilateral tourism during the Governor’s visit to the island."

                      The delegation will visit Sri Lanka from June 27-29, after an invitation made by Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga during an official visit to Thailand last week.

                      At a travel trade show in Thailand, Amaratunga thanked Thailand for not imposing any travel restrictions after the Easter Sunday attacks and noted that the first group of tourists to arrive in Sri Lanka after the tragic events was a Thai pilgrim group, the statement said.

                      He had also met three high profile Buddhist monks during the visit, including the Deputy Sangarajah of Thailand, Most Venerable Somdej Phra Dheerayanamuni, who will visit Sri Lanka at end-June with a group of 50 monk and 150 layment, accepting an invitation made by the minister.

                      https://economynext.com/Thailand_to_...3-14811-7.html

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                      • #44
                        PM orders cut in handling fees at BIA to boost tourism



                        Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe ordered reduction in handling charges for airlines at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) to encourage airlines to continue operating to Sri Lanka and reduce cost. At a meeting chaired by the Prime Minister yesterday steps needed to be taken to assist the tourism sector after Easter Sunday attack. It was observed that even though the hotels have cut rates, the airlines have not.

                        As a supportive measures the Premier directed the reduction of handling charges. Secretary to the Treasury, Commissioner General of Immigration and Emigration, Airport Aviation Chairman and Sri Lanka Tourism Chairman were also present at the meeting.
                        "The best values today are often found in the stocks that were once hot and have since gone cold"

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