Things to do in Sri Lanka
Things to do in Sri Lanka
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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 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.
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) kicked off its international media promotions for 2020, by collaborating with British mainstream TV channel ITV-UK
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.
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.
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.
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.
Travel News Update: Sri Lanka was ranked first for the category of Asia’s Best Nation for Wildlife Tourism by Top 10
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.
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
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.
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 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 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 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
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 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 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 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
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.
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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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,
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.