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  • #45
    Free on-arrival visas to woo tourists


    SLTPB Chairman Kishu Gomes exchanges the agreement with TAT Deputy Governor Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya. Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga looks on.

    The government will issue free on-arrival visas to Thai travellers to Sri Lanka, shortly, in a push to woo visitors from Thailand, Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga told journalists at a media briefing in Colombo, when welcoming a Thai travel delegation to the country last week.

    “The free on-arrival visa facility will be extended to other markets as well to boost the tourism industry after the Easter attacks which is making a dent on the industry,” the Minister said while urging Thai authorities to support Sri Lanka by reciprocating with Visas in the same manner.

    The Minister at a media briefing last month, said that steps will be taken to grant visas on arrival free for multiple countries from May 1 to boost tourism during the lean period.

    Around 9,300 Thai travellers visited Sri Lanka last year while nearly 50,000 Sri Lankans had visited Thailand during the same year. Thailand, a much liked travel destination within South East Asia, recorded 38 million visitors to the country last year. By contrast, Sri Lanka Tourism is struggling to optimistically lure in three million visitors to the country this year with a huge global marketing and Public Relations (PR) campaign at a questionably staggering cost, which may not be recouped in terms of tourist arrivals and income.

    A top official of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) said after a major setback to the travel industry of the country the number of visitors has picked up since June and is now recording around 2,000 visitors per day.

    “We have statistics to prove that tourist arrivals are on the rise,” he said.

    However, tour guides and industry personnel contest the Minister’s figures and say the number of visitors to the country per day, is actually below 1,000. “The country is now safe and there is no opportunity for a coordinated attack.

    I am confident the tourism industry will regain its lost momentum and hit a US$ 10 billion revenue mark by around four to five years from now,” SLTPB Chairman Kishu Gomes said.

    The Thai delegation comprised the Deputy Governor of Tourism Association of Thailand (TAT), Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya, tourism officials, Thai media personnel, travel bloggers and Thai tour operators.

    The high profile tourism delegation from Thailand is in the country to lay the groundwork for tourism collaboration between the two countries. An MoU was signed between SLTPB and TAT to promote bilateral tourism between the two countries.

    “We have launched an aggressive campaign to bring the industry back to what it was. The size of the global travel industry is US$ 8.8 trillion. All countries are competing for a share of this market, by coming up with new products. Singapore and Dubai did not inherit much, as we are blessed with so many natural resources and diversity,” Gomes said, adding that the SLTPB aims at going beyond recovery with mega events lined up in Colombo to attract travellers.

    The Colombo International Baseball Tournament, the surfing tournament in Arugam Bay and a ‘Week with celebrities’ in Colombo are some of the major events scheduled for the year.

    Deputy Governor, TAT, Chattan Kunjara Na Ayudhya said Thailand has maintained strong bonds with Sri Lanka and that it would extend its fullest support to help Sri Lanka to rebuild the tourism industry.

    “In good and bad times we have been together. No one could live alone. Whatever knowledge we could share we would do to support Sri Lanka. TAT will try to send more Thai tourists to Sri Lanka,” he said, adding that the Thai-Sri Lanka collaboration is a good start to make things happen and convey to the rest of the world that Sri Lanka is open for business again. - LF

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    • #46
      I believe Kishu and team doing great job to motherland. His marketing skills better harnessed here than LLUB
      Sri Lanka tourist arrivals starting to recover in June

      ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals are starting to recover from Easter Sunday attacks, a top official said, with many countries relaxing travel warnings and measures being taken to push industry.

      Tourist arrivals fell to about 1,300 a day in May 2018, down 70 percent from a year earlier according to official data.

      Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board chairman Kishu Gomes said arrivals had picked up to 2000 per day in early June and had recovered further towards the end of the month.

      "As expected, the numbers went down very low to around 1000 (arrivals per day), but in just over eight weeks we were able to go back to 2500 arrivals a day," he said on June 27.

      This is half of the 4900 a day arrivals seen in June 2018. Over three dozen countries had issued travel advisories in May and June, but all key markets had removed them, faster than many expected.

      Authorities had expected the industry to take more than a year to get back to normal, based on the reaction in other markets hit by terror attacks but optimism is rising that Sri Lanka will be able to make a substantial recovery before that. Sri Lanka tourism bureau is also working with the industry to boost arrivals.

      In June, the agency launched a promotional campaign tour package in India, Sri Lanka's largest source market.

      A digital market campaign was launched in UK and France.

      The SLTPB in collaboration with the organizers of Colombo Fashion Week are planning to bring down Sachin Tendulkar and two other Bollywood celebrities to host an international festival in the first week of August.

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      • #47
        Tourist arrivals on the rise signalling recovery





        The tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in June almost doubled from a month ago after the April 21 Easter Sunday carnage, although the arrivals were over 50 percent down from a year ago, the data released by the country’s tourism office showed.


        Sri Lanka was able to welcome 63,072 tourists in June, up from 37,802 tourists in May. However, on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, the arrivals fell 57 percent from 146,828 visitors recorded for June 2018.


        Accordingly, the cumulative arrivals for the first half of the year fell 13.4 percent YoY to just over a million tourists. Sri Lanka received 1.16 million tourists in the first half of 2018 and 2.33 million for the full year. The arrival target set for this year before the terrorist attacks was 2.5 million.


        The Easter Sunday bombings by home-grown jihadist terrorists dealt a deadly blow to the country’s booming
        tourism industry,

        which was targeting to increase its earnings to US $ 5 billion this year, from US $ 4.4 billion in 2018.


        However, the Finance Ministry has estimated that the terrorist attacks, which targeted the churchgoers and patrons of three star-class hotels in Colombo, could cost the industry a US $ 1.5 billion loss. The government has launched a tourism industry relief package, which includes a one-year loan relief for the industry, to revive the hard-hit sector, which contributes to over 5 percent of the country’s GDP.


        Tourism authorities estimate that a full recovery of the sector would at least take 12-13 months based on the average recovery periods of similar terrorist attacks on tourists destinations. According to the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, for the month of June, the arrivals from Asia and Pacific accounted for 54 percent of the total tourist arrivals.


        Europe accounted for 32 percent of the total traffic, America 9 percent, the Middle East 4 percent and Africa one percent. Country wise, India, Australia, the United Kingdom, China and the Maldives were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist-generating markets in the month of June.


        Over 15,000 Indian tourists visited Sri Lanka in June, although it was half the number of Indians visited Sri Lankan in June 2018. Region wise, arrivals from Asia and Pacific fell 60.5 percent YoY to 33,924 visitors. Tourist arrivals from China in June fell 82.9 percent YoY to 5,282.


        Tourists from Europe in June fell 51.4 percent YoY to 20,179. Arrivals from the UK fell 63.9 percent YoY to 4,365.


        Tourist arrivals from the Middle East in June fell 65.4 percent YoY to 2,922 while arrivals from the Americas fell 38.1 percent YoY to 5,523.


        While negative growths were registered from all Sri Lanka’s tourism source countries, Myanmar stood as the sole country from where Sri Lanka saw a positive growth as arrivals from that country grew 13.3 percent YoY to 149 in June. For the first half, tourist arrivals from Myanmar rose 7.2 percent YoY 1,303.

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        • #48
          Lets hope hotel and consumer section gather speed recovery from next few months and get ready for a bull run

          ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Over 2mn tourist arrivals expected this year following reduction in airport charges

          Operational costs of airlines to come down by 20%-25% „Many airlines resume usual frequencies to Colombo „SLTDA projects 2.1mn tourist this year based on current trends „Srilankan Airlines urged to resume flights to Frankfurt, Paris

          • Sri Lanka’s State-run tourism authority expressed confidence on a faster recovery of the sector with over two million arrivals this year, backed by recent reduction of charges at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and other supportive measures.

          Following the Cabinet approval to revise ground handling charges, aviation fuel prices and embarkation levy, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Chairman Johanne Jayaratne expects airlines to see an approximate 20-25 percent reduction in their operational costs, which would enable them to bring in more passengers.

          Addressing a media briefing in Colombo yesterday, he expressed confidence on reaching at least 2 million tourist arrivals this year.

          The SLTDA projects 2.1 million tourist arrivals for the year based on current trends. He noted that daily tourist arrivals reached 3, 700 on Sunday, which is well above the 2, 000 daily average arrivals in June.

          The Board of Airline Representatives (BAR) Chairman Dimuthu Tennakoon ensured that BAR will be fully supportive by increasing their capacities to the BIA. “The cancelled frequencies will be reinstated, and we will make sure that all airlines will work with their respective head offices closely to increase this number. Further, every airline will work closely with tour operators in respective source markets to increase traffic into Sri Lanka offering very attractive airfares,” he said.

          According to SLTDA, following April 21 attacks, the connectivity was reduced to 239 flights per week resulting in the cancellation 41 in total, which amounts to a loss of seat supply of 8,000 per week from six countries – China, Hong Kong, India, Malaysia, Oman, and Thailand.

          Meanwhile, the BAR member and Emirates Sri Lanka and Maldives Area Manager Chandana de Silva noted that Emirates observed a slight pickup in bookings for months of October, November and December to Colombo with no booking cancellations being recorded since this month.

          “I am very confident that this trend will continue. Emirates has already resumed all of its eight flights to Colombo,” he added.

          However, several Far Eastern and Indian carriers are yet to resume their flights to Colombo. Tourist arrivals from China declined by over 80 percent YOY in the aftermath of Easter Sunday attacks. China Eastern Airlines Director/ General Manager in Sri Lanka, Eustace Silva revealed that the airline will resume its flights from China to Colombo from September onwards while noting that the airline is preparing to commence marketing activities offering special rates for Chinese passengers travelling to Colombo. He added that China Eastern Airlines may even increase its frequencies to Colombo.

          Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Association of Airline Representatives (SLAAR) Chairman Gerard Victoria said a couple of far eastern and Indian carriers that were planning to commence flights to Colombo have temporarily abandoned their plans following the Easter Sunday attacks.

          However, he stressed that the airport charge reduction would be an attractive incentive for these airlines to re-consider and go ahead with their original plans. Indian based Vistara Airlines, a joint venture between Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines, was planning to operate its flights to Colombo from this September.

          Further, Jetstar Airways, an Australia-based low-cost airline was also reportedly planning to commence their flights to Colombo from this year onwards. Victoria noted that SLAAR membership would be encouraged to re-engage with these airlines and mega carriers such as British Airways to come to Sri Lanka. Meanwhile, Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said he fully backs the tourism industry’s request for Srilankan Airlines to resume their flights to Frankfurt and Paris, reasoning that such a move would attract high-spending European tourists to Sri Lanka.

          The minister also revealed that the government is attempting to resume a ferry service between Talaimannar and Ramakrishna. However, he remarked that the proposal was not viewed very positively by the Tamil Nadu Chief Minister. Yet, he was optimistic that the two parties will be able to come into an agreement during Agriculture, Livestock Development, Irrigation, Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister P. Harrison’s visit to India. Amaratunga also said his ministry is working on several other supportive measures such as reducing ticket prices at heritage sites and offering round tickets. In addition, facilities at several wildlife parks such as Yala and Kumana are also being upgraded.

          Despite tourist arrivals recovering in June over May, the cumulative arrivals for the first half of the year fell 13.4 percent YOY to 1.16 million.

          Following the Easter Sunday attacks, the government was initially expecting a 30 percent drop in arrivals to around 1.6 million tourists this year.

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          • #49
            Sri Lanka tourist arrivals picking up; recovery is over 40% from June to July – Kishu


            Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Kishu Gomes says that Sri Lanka is experiencing new record of tourist arrivals.

            “The average tourist arrival in May was 1200 but by June we managed to take the numbers up to 2200. If you look at the rate of recovery it is about 66% month on month basis. July month-to-date for the first 7 days the average number has risen to 3200. From June to July the recovery is over 40%.” Gomes said whilst addressing an event in Colombo yesterday.

            “If you ask me can we be happy with the progress we been able to achieve, I will say yes.” He added.

            Emphasizing about the importance of boosting the tourism sector within the country, Gomes noted that the impact of tourism in the global economy is significant.

            “Central bank has been saying, that direct and indirect employment number is around 400,000, the moment the tourism industry was hit by this incident we saw the number of lives that got negatively impacted, and you know and I know, the number is millions not just 400,000 as claimed by the central bank and that goes to show that without tourism there is no way that our economy can survive, economy can progress.”

            “Size of the tourism industry in terms of value is 4.5 billion, the revenue we earn out of tourism during 2018, surely it has the potential to go up to about 10 billion over the next 4 to 5 years” he added

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