Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2016, beauty and brains!

Jayathi De Silva (pictured centre) has been crowned Miss Universe Sri Lanka 2016, succeeding Avanti Marianne, last year’s Miss Universe. Jayathi will now represent Sri Lanka in the upcoming Miss Universe 2016.

Jayathi was first runner-up in Miss World Sri Lanka 2015, and has brains as well as beauty. The part-time model completed her first degree at the age of 19, and has a BSc in Molecular Biology and Forensic Science and an MSc in Cancer Biology.

Tourist arrivals reach all-time high

Lanka Business Online reports that tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka hit an all-time high in July—209,351, up 19.1 percent year-on-year, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority. Western Europe visitors totaled 380,725 since January.

Says Tourism Development Minister John Amaratung: “We are very happy that our efforts are paying off. Though many say that there is no visible campaign, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board has been quietly getting about its task and delivering the numbers.”

Crucial indicators boost Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is doing better than its neighbours across a range of crucial indicators since independence from Britain, according to Indian online news portal Live Mint.

It notes that we score highly life expectancy, youth literacy and poverty headcount, although not so well on per-capita growth and gender equality.

Great success for Oz tourism roadshows

The Daily FT reports that the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) has enjoyed great success with Australian roadshows in Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

They were designed to educate the Australian travel trade while developing strong relationships between Sri Lankan tourism providers and Australian travel agents.

First Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference

Lanka Business Online reports that “Sri Lanka, one of the top two emerging hotel and resort markets in Asia, is to host the first Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference (AHTIC)”. A spokesman for the organisers says that Sri Lanka “has prepared an ambitious strategic plan, inviting private and public stakeholders to tackle both the industry’s long-standing needs and the future potential of the country as a tourism destination”.

Over 50 Chinese restaurants open across Sri Lanka

Opportunity Sri Lanka reports that the recent big rise in Chinese tourists is supported by the opening of more than 50 authentic Chinese restaurants throughout the country.

It says: “Although initially the restaurants catered to a predominantly Chinese community, they have fast gained popularity among locals and foreign tourists who often visit the popular restaurants, due to the quality and authenticity of the food.”

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