The Daily FT reports that “the upcoming festive season will be one to look forward to with the Ministry of Tourism making plans to attract both foreign and local tourists to the city of Colombo”.

“The inaugural Tourism Fest last December was a big tourist attraction and this year’s event promises to be bigger and better. Tourism Fest 2016 is billed to feature musical shows, cultural shows, seasonal events, food festivals, exhibitions and many more attractions at one location.

“I want Colombo to be recognised as a city that comes alive during the festive season. Many tourists complain that there is nothing much to do in the city when the sun goes down. Events of this nature will not only entertain tourists but will also be an attraction for the local community,” says Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga.



French agents boost MICE travel to Colombo

The Sunday Times reports that “French travel agents have held the annual meeting of industry members with Colombo as the venue, a historic achievement for Sri Lanka Tourism to tap on a high profile MICE event”.

“Special Assignments Minister Sarath Amunugama highlighted Sri Lanka as one of the safest destinations for the French traveller to visit on a short haul trip. He made these observations at the opening ceremony of the French travel congress meeting in Colombo last week at the BMICH.

“The French have been continuous travellers to Sri Lanka and have been on the top three markets in Europe. This is what led to the decision to hold the meeting in Colombo.”



Sri Lankan arrivals continue to soar

Travel Daily India reports that “according to the latest data from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, international visitor arrivals jumped 13.7% to 150,419 in October”.

The China Daily adds that “more than 20,000 Chinese tourists arrived in Sri Lanka last month, up 19.8 percent from the same period last year”, and that China’s 200,000 arrivals last year “has helped improve the island nation’s tourism industry”.

Meanwhile, Travel Daily Asia says that “destinations around the world welcomed 956 million international tourists between January and September 2016, according to the latest UNWTO World Tourism Barometer. This is 34 million more than in the same period of 2015, a 4% increase”.



The best health retreats in Sri Lanka: 5 places of healing

Travellers Today reports that “because of its verdure and traditional surroundings, Sri Lanka, the Pearl of the Indian Ocean, is said to be the sanctuary for reviving one’s body and spirit”.

“It provides the perfect scene to those who would like to take the time off from their active lifestyle. Get yourself a fragment of this country and treat yourself to these 5 amazing fountains of peace and wellness”.

They includes Ulpotha, where Yoga and Tai-chi sessions provide the Ayurvedic cure and treatments, and Soul and Surf, which “boasts of stunning villa accommodations with amazing offerings on guided meditation, surf out session, surf theory lesson, Pranayama session, Yoga class, canoe ride, Sri Lankan cooking class, massage, spa treatment, music gig, film night”.



Amari Galle follows success of OZOs Colombo and Kandy

Finally, ICTM (Incentive Travel & Corporate Meetings) reports that “scheduled for a 2017 opening, Amari Galle will be the first Amari in Sri Lanka and the third ONYX property in the country, following on the success of the already established OZO Kandy Sri Lanka and OZO Colombo Sri Lanka”.

“Tourism in Sri Lanka continues to thrive, and there is growing interest amongst international travellers to destinations beyond the capital city of Colombo”.

“The property will have 172 rooms and suites, all featuring direct sea views. It will also present an extensive multi-tiered pool deck with direct beach access, Amari’s signature Breeze Spa, two restaurants, banquet facilities and a fitness centre.”

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