News-roundup-July-24-1Brits top Foreign Guest Nights rankings

The Daily FT reports that while British visitors to Sri Lanka rank third behind China and India, they top the Foreign (or International) Guest Nights (FGN) or (IGN) index.

This “takes into consideration the duration of the tourists’ stay and not just the arrival numbers. Higher the FGN, the longer the tourist stay in the country, and obviously, higher the spend, which increases the overall tourism revenue earned”.

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Pasikuda Beach ‘one of the world’s best’

Travel Is The New Club ranks Pasikuda Beach in Sri Lanka as among the best in the world. It notes one of the longest shallow coastlines in the world, plus a rapid recovery after the civil war and 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.

The Club is based on a hashtag created on Instagram (#travelisthenewclub) that “has expanded into a mecca of travelers … Travel is the New Club is the beginning of a new way to experience fun with friends”.

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Colombo transport vision ‘will boost tourism’

The Sunday Times reports that a proposed urban rail transit system for the capital would boost tourism by connecting the places of interest and making travel around the city quick, easy and safe.

“For example, a main station in Town Hall area will serve the Viharamahadevi Park, the museum, the Nelum Pokuna theatre and even hospitals and shopping malls. Another main station in Colombo Fort area will enable tourists to visit major hotels, government offices, eateries and cafes. Diyawannawa is another area of attraction.”

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Planned boost for visitors from Bahrain

The Island reports Bahrain’s tourism minister as saying that “Sri Lanka is well positioned and well poised to attract and to lure tourists and visitors not only from the Kingdom of Bahrain but from the entire Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) and Middle East and North Africa (MENA), given the myriad of touristic attractions and endowments in the country”.

The minister suggests that a Sri Lankan tourism road-show in Bahrain “would extend a sense of awareness and create a positive illustration and profile of Sri Lanka amongst the potential visitors and tourists of Bahrain”.

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Jetwing Hotels wins top PATA tourism-training award

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) has awarded top Sri Lankan hotel chain Jetwing the Grand Award for Education and Training for its ‘A Journey of Hope and Progress – The Jetwing Youth Development Project’.

The initiative “offers both practical and theoretical training to prepare them for a career in the travel and tourism industry. JYDP enables them to acquire suitable employment within Jetwing Hotels as well as creating equal opportunities for them to find employment elsewhere. As well as providing them with life skills, they also gain valuable exposure to communities beyond their village helping towards positive cultural integration”.

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Indian tourists ‘cannot do without wifi’

Tech Radar of India reports that “a new survey by Opera and Wudstay reveals that lack of mobile connectivity is the biggest fear of Indian travelers today” and that “smartphones rule the lives of people while travelling”

“Surprisingly, 33.6% of people reported they are willing to sacrifice drinking for an evening to have a good internet connection … 13.8% will go without eating for an entire day for a lag-free internet connection … 14.7% will give up on showering during their entire vacation to enjoy a great internet connection.”

Read the full report here.

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