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Police to take stern action against posts on social media targeting public servants

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Coronavirus transforms New York as US deaths top 4,000

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Pharmacies open for pensioners on April 02,03 and 06

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Do decision to delay A/Ls and O/L results to release before end of April 2020

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Attorney General urges CJ to consider cancelling High Court sittings

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All types of visas issued to foreigners extended till May 12 2020

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03 new positive COVID-19 patients total rise to 146

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SriLankan Airlines suspends all passenger flights from April 8-30

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Dialog’s e-Working, e-Learning and e-Health Solutions to empower Sri Lankans during COVID-19

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President discusses economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic with Central Bank officials

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BIA to facilitate the airlines for cargo movements

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Dialog to take 5G technology closer to every Sri Lankan

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The apparel sector discussed with Presidential Task Force issues emerged on Covid-19

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Akbar Brothers contribute Rs.50 million to Covid19 Health Care & Social Security Fund

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One more Covid-19 patient recovered and discharged today

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EU supports communities through water, sanitation and hygiene facilities

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Two PCR devices donated for COVID-19 testing to the Ministry of Health

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Coronavirus: Jaguar and Land Rover Deploy Global Fleet to Support Emergency Response Partners

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Rs. 20 b allocated for advance Samurdhi benefiting families of 2 m

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Dedicated hospitals specified to care for suspected Coronavirus patients

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SLAF Troops Together with the CMC Distribute Dry Rations to Low Income Families

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Guangdong Province Science and Technology Cooperation Award 2019, presented to Sri Lankan Scientist

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Sri Lanka to allow charter flights to fly out remaining tourists on request

March 26, 2020

As of 25th March, there are approximately 18,093 international tourists in the country according to immigration authorities; and Sri Lanka Tourism is closely working with the Foreign Ministry and respective embassies/high commissions to arrange necessary facilities.

Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai hosts “Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Evening and Cultural night”

March 11, 2020

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Diplomatic relations between Sri Lanka and the UAE, the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Dubai & Northern Emirates, hosted “Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Evening and Cultural night” at the most sought-after location in Dubai- Armani Hotel housed in Burj Khalifa, in association with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau being the main sponsor of the event.

‘Laya Safari’ Awarded ‘Loved by Guests Award 2020’ with ‘VIP Access’

March 5, 2020

Sri Lanka Army-managed hospitality provider, ‘Laya Safari’ Hotel in Palatupana, Yala has been awarded ‘Loved by Guests Award Winner 2020’ recognition by with a rating of 8.6 out of 10 points on the recommendations of Online Travel Agents (OTAs) which offer an easy-to-search data base for travellers.

Nautica Oceania visits Sri Lanka with 450 passengers

March 4, 2020

The Cruise ship Nautica Oceania of the USA visited Sri Lanka recently with 450 passengers on board.

SLTDA and BOI sign MoU to enhance cooperation between the two agencies

March 2, 2020

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and Board of Investment (BOI) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to enhance the cooperation between the two agencies to reduce time and costs for foreign and domestic investors by streamlining the SLTDA and BOI investment approval processes.

Spanish travelers enthralled by Sri Lanka at FITUR International Travel Fair 2020 Madrid, Spain

February 27, 2020

Sri Lanka was able to attract high level of attention from all trade and travel visitors attended at the 40th landmark edition of the largest travel fair in the Spanish and Latin American region, FITUR International Travel Fair which took place in Madrid, Spain from 22nd -26th January 2020.

Sri Lanka shows its colors at FESPO Travel Fair, Zurich, Switzerland

February 20, 2020

Sri Lanka showed its commitment to highlight the destination an iconic tourist hotspot by attracting the Swiss citizens, as it participated at the FESPO Travel Fair, Zurich, Switzerland, which was held from 31st January to 03rd February 2020.

Sri Lanka Participates At Tourist Travel Fair In Estonia

February 19, 2020

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) in partnership with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Sweden arranged the participation of Sri Lankan Destination Management Companies (DMCs) at Tourest 2020 in Tallin, Estonia on 7-9 February.

“So Sri Lanka: The Resplendent Island” Tourism Promotion And High-Level Networking Session

February 18, 2020

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila, in cooperation with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), organized a tourism promotion and high-level networking session themed “So Sri Lanka: The Resplendent Island” on 5 February 2020 at Shangri-La Makati. The event was held in line with the SLTPB’s participation at the PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2020.

Sri Lanka Participated at the FITUR, International Travel Fair in Spain

January 31, 2020

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in France jointly organized Sri Lanka’s participation at the 40th Edition of the FITUR International Travel Fair, which was held from 22 to 26 January 2020 in Madrid, Spain, along with 18 Sri Lankan travel agencies/hoteliers.

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau shows it’s potential at CMT 2020, Germany

January 27, 2020

Sri Lanka was able to create a positive image on the minds of those who visited the Sri Lanka stall at the CMT 2020 Germany, which was held from 11th to 19th January 2020 in Landesmesse in Stuttgart.

Electronic Travel Authorization System to Introduce

January 23, 2020

Since 2012, the Department of Emigration and Immigration has been adopting the Electronic Travel Authorization System (ETA) for pre--check-up and approval issuance to foreign tourists visiting Sri Lanka.

A high profile delegation from Holland arrives in Sri Lanka for a familiarization visit

January 22, 2020

A delegation from the Vereniging van Kleinschalige Reisorganisaties (VVKR); Small & Medium Tour Operators Association in The Netherlands arrived in Sri Lanka on 02nd December 2019, following an invitation from Sri Lanka Tourism.

SLTBP collaborates with ITV UK for destination promotion

January 17, 2020

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) kicked off its international media promotions for 2020, by collaborating with British mainstream TV channel ITV-UK

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau makes a successful contribution at SATTE 2020

January 17, 2020

SLTPB made its first successful participation for the year 2020 at South Asia’s Travel & Tourism Exchange (SATTE) 2020 in New Delhi, India from 8th to 10th January 2020.

Sri Lanka targets more Western European tourist arrivals at the ILTM, Cannes 2019

January 13, 2020

Located in a picturesque location of the French Rivera, the 18th edition of the ILTM France kicked off from 2nd to 5th December 2019, at Cannes, France with an attendance of over 5000 visitors from all across the world.

Sri Lanka becomes Asia’s best destination for Wildlife tourism by CNN Travel

January 8, 2020

The South Asian island nation of Sri Lanka is as ancient as it is beautiful; as complex a civilization now as at any time in its 2,000-year history. Despite recent tumult (the horrific terror attacks last Easter), Sri Lanka remains an essential destination, an epicenter of history, with relics and ruins, temples and palaces, wildlife running free.

CNN Travel names Sri Lanka one of the best places to visit in 2020

January 6, 2020

Heading into a new decade, CNN Travel editors have nominated some of their favorite places for the annual list and selected Sri Lanka as one of the best places to visit in 2020.

Sri Lanka recognized as Asia’s Best Nation for Wildlife Tourism

January 2, 2020

Travel News Update: Sri Lanka was ranked first for the category of Asia’s Best Nation for Wildlife Tourism by Top 10

Sri Lanka Tourism shares the spirit of Christmas with local & foreign tourists

December 28, 2019

The Tourist Information Centre (TIC) at The Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) of Sri Lanka Tourism had a different atmosphere altogether, getting into the festive mood and bracing up to share the festive cheer with both local and foreign tourists, with simple yet an elegant way.

Sri Lanka appreciated as “The Destination for the Rising Chinese travellers’’ in Chengdu Sichuan

December 26, 2019

The Chinese travel market is one of the top ten markets for Sri Lanka, China is a market which consists of high spending tourists who are keen to have a travel experience which is worth their expenditure, and Sri Lanka is one such destination which caters to their holiday and travel requirements at all times.

Sri Lanka kicks off Tourism Promotional Evening and Cultural night in Dubai parallel to the Dubai Rugby sevens

December 23, 2019

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) showcased its tourism potential in the Mediterranean, by kicking off a Tourism promotional evening and Cultural night in Dubai, in collaboration with the Consulate General of Dubai. This was held in parallel with the Emirates Airline Dubai Rugby sevens which was held on a grand scale from 5th to 7th December 2019 in Dubai.

Sri Lanka participates in the fourth travel Expo Exhibition in Ankara, Turkey

December 18, 2019

The fourth edition of Ankara International Tourism & Travel fair took place in Congresium Exhibition and Congress Centre in Ankara, Turkey, from 14th to 17th November 2019.

Elephant Reach Yala refurbishes with Rs. 50 mn

December 17, 2019

Elephant Reach, Yala is opening its doors to holiday makers this December with an array of special discounts, a refurbished setting and a special celebratory atmosphere. The Eco-friendly hotel has been in operation for over 14 years and has recently concluded a Rs. 50 million refurbishing drive focusing on enhancing its luxurious amenities and service standards in preparation for the season.

Arie Lagoon, Negombo gears for X-Mas and New Year

December 17, 2019

Arie Lagoon, Negombo the 55 room, four-star deluxe property in Thalahena, Negombo, will be hosting their third annual Dinner Dance and Christmas eve on December 24 and 31.

Google reveals the 10 most popular travel destination trends of 2019

December 17, 2019

Google released its “Year in Search 2019” results this week, which showed the travel destinations that had the highest spikes in searches in the U.S. from this year to last.

Sri Lanka highlights its Tourism Potential at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) 2019, Shanghai, China

December 16, 2019

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) was able to make an impressive contribution at the International Luxury Travel Market (ILTM) which was held from 30th October to 01st November 2019, at Shanghai Exhibition Center, China.

Sri Lanka ranked best destination for winter travel by USA Today

December 9, 2019

Sri Lanka has been named the top destination, with USA Today visiting 20 countries this season. Sri Lanka has been described as an exotic Indian Ocean island that seduces everyone who walks with its beautiful unspoiled wilderness, colorful past, and flavorful cuisine.

Sri Lanka Tourism must utilize CESS more productively – Arundika Fernando

December 6, 2019

Sri Lanka Tourism needs to make more efficient use of the CESS fund, and this would be a key focus area, said Arundika Fernando, new Minister of State for Tourism Promotion.

Browns Leisure Night 2019 concludes successfully

December 6, 2019

Browns Hotels & Resorts together with Browns Tours recently hosted a glittering night for their valuable and loyal partners who are also key stakeholders of the leisure industry. With record attendance, the partner night was held for the second consecutive year.

Japanese Tour Operators/ Agents participate in a FAM Tour to promote Sri Lanka as a travel destination

December 6, 2019

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, (SLTPB) in collaboration with the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Japan, organized a FAM Tour for a delegation of Japanese tour operators/ agents representing 20 Japanese companies.

Japanese Travel Agents Visit Sri Lanka

December 4, 2019

Twenty-five member Japanese Travel Agents and Tour Operators are now in Sri Lanka on a familiarization visit to witness the current situation in the country, especially after the Easter Sunday attack.

Vistara , India’s finest full service carrier inaugurates Mumbai – Colombo service

December 3, 2019

Vistara Airlines, India’s finest full service carrier and a joint venture of Tata Sons and Singapore Airlines inaugurated their service to Colombo on the 25th of November 2019, at the Bandaranaike International Airport, (BIA) amidst a warm welcome given by officials of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Industry representatives and senior officials.

A high profile delegation from Belgium arrives in Sri Lanka for a familiarization visit

November 6, 2019

A delegation from the Association of Belgian Travel Organizers (ABTO) arrived in Sri Lanka on the 27th of October 2019, following the invitation of Hon. Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife & Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga, in support of Sri Lanka Tourism recovery efforts.

Sri Lanka shows its prestige at JATA Tourism Expo 2019

November 6, 2019

Sri Lanka was able to create a positive impact on its Japanese counterparts about its uniqueness as a travel destination, by participating at the JATA Tourism Expo 2019 held in Osaka, Japan, 24th – 27th of October 2019. The Tourism Expo in Japan is one of the biggest trade and consumer oriented travel fair.

Sri Lanka strikes a promising high at Travel Fair in Italy

October 18, 2019

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) along with a contingent of 20 leading industry travel trade representatives participated at the renowned Italian tourism Fair TTG Incontri 2019 which was held in Rimini, Italy from 09th-11th October 2019.

Australian Travel Agents impressed with Sri Lanka Tourism

October 18, 2019

A group of over 60 Australian travel agents arrived in Sri Lanka recently on a week-long tour, from 4th to 13th of October 2019, to explore the uniqueness of Sri Lanka and a large number of holiday opportunities to choose from. The group was under the guidance of Mr. Dennis Bunnik, Chairman of the Council of Australian Tour Operators, (CATO) who previously visited Sri Lanka and also met Hon. Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife & Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga.

Culinary Adventure by Popular YouTubers – Chopstick Travel Recognizing Jaffna

October 14, 2019

Under the Sri Lanka Tourism’s Travel Blogger & Influencer Program, Luke Martin and Sabrina Davidson of ‘’Chopstick Travel’’ - the popular Food Travel based YouTube channel visited Sri Lanka recently to explore Sri Lanka’s culinary diversity filled with rich flavors. Chopstick Travel is one of the growing international culinary travel channels on You Tube boasts over 93 million global views and over 500,000 subscribers.

Sri Lanka showcases sustainable tourism at MATTA Trade Fair 2019

October 4, 2019

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) exhibited Sri Lanka as a sustainable and diverse travel destination at the recently concluded Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) fair in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Sri Lanka Tourism Celebrates World Tourism Day BIA

September 28, 2019

The World Tourism Organization of the United Nations has proclaimed World Tourism Day since 1998 on 27 September. Celebrating World Tourism Day is aimed at raising awareness about the role of tourism around the world and promoting social, cultural, political and economic values.

Commitment to Sustainable tourism renews in UNWTO General Assembly

September 19, 2019

Travel News from Sri Lanka: UNWTO Secretary-General Zurab Pololikashvili, accompanied by Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs, John

The legendary Ramayana Trail begins with India’s leading travel writers and social media influencers

September 12, 2019

A familiarization tour of Sri Lanka's historic monuments connected with the Ramayana Legend was organized by SriLankan Airlines, the Sri Lankan National Carrier and a member of the Oneworld alliance. The familiarization tour offered a chance for visiting social media influencers,

Sri Lanka Tourism gears up for the So Sri Lanka Pro 2019

September 7, 2019

The World Surfing League Qualifying Series 3000, also known as So Sri Lanka Pro 2019, is scheduled to take place at Arugam Bay's World Class Point Break from September 25th to 29th of this month, attended by over 70 surfers from 18 countries.

Visa Relax Countries to Sri Lanka

September 2, 2019

As one of the many efforts to revive the tourism industry and take back the number of visitors lost as a result of the Easter Sunday attacks, 48 countries

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau hosts networking session for travel bloggers

August 25, 2019

The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) hosted a networking event at Cinnamon Lakeside Colombo for a group of prominent social media influencers and travel bloggers to welcome them as well as to felicitate those who have made an exceptional contribution to promoting the destination.

International Culinary YouTubers Explore Colombo Cuisine

August 25, 2019

Canadian YouTubers Luke Martin and Chopstick Travel's Sabrina Davidson are presently working directly with the Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Bureau in Sri Lanka to encourage tourism for the island.

Rafting in Kitulgala attracts foreigners

August 24, 2019

In the wake of the Easter bomb blasts, the amount of foreign visitors has now increased and a large number of them are engaged in rafting, tourist guides in Kitulgala said Yatiberiya.

Chinese Journalists fascinated by the beauty of Sri Lanka

August 9, 2019

SriLankan Airlines, Sri Lankan's National Carrier and Oneworld alliance member, organized a familirization tour for a group of journalists representing China's leading newspaper. China is one of Sri Lanka's main airline markets and one of Sri Lanka's top tourism feeder markets, the airline has steered numerous measures to maintain Sri Lanka's attractiveness as a desired destination among Chinese travelers, post-Easter.

SriLankan Airlines welcomes free visa on arrival facility to 48 countries

August 5, 2019

SriLankan Airlines welcomes the launch, as part of a concerted attempt to increase tourism in the Indian Ocean island nation, of the free visa on arrival unit that the Government of Sri Lanka is providing to residents of 48 nations in Australasia, Europe, and North America from 1 August for a period of six months.

Advisory issued from SriLankan Airlines on the London Heathrow strike

August 5, 2019

SriLankan Airlines has made preparations to minimize inconvenience to its valued passengers at London’s Heathrow Airport that may occur as a result of the strike action planned by ground staff of Heathrow Airport Limited (HAL) on the 5th and 6th of August.