News digest: Sri Lanka tourism thrives as Jetwing launches new luxury hotel
Daily News: The arrival of foreign tourists to Sri Lanka could be increased up to 2.2 million before the end of this year with introducing more sophisticated hotel accommodations and high quality Lankan style hospitality service, Jetwing Hotels, Chairman Hiran Cooray said.
Chairman Cooray made these remarks at the opening of Jetwing’s first City Hotel ‘Jetwing Colombo Seven’ at Ward Place, Colombo. Managing Director, Jetwing Travels Shiromal Cooray and other senior officials were present.
The newly opened Jetwing Colombo seven is located in a convenience place where visitors could reach within few minutes from the city of Colombo.
Top UAE online magazine extolls the best of Sri Lanka
BAWS Lifestyle: Sri Lanka is among this year’s biggest tourism destinations with the island attracting an increasing number of visitors.
The exotic Sri Lankan beaches have long been the reason behind the substantial number of tourists the island is attracting. Some of the most pristine shores, each differing from the cities across the island, have caught the eye.
Ask any tourist who has just returned from a vacation in Sri Lanka and they will tell you why a trip to the pearl of the Indian Ocean is a perfect holiday getaway. It is undoubtedly affordable, and will certainly have you booking a return trip.
Sri Lank plans annual shopping festival
Lanka Business Online: Sri Lanka plans to commence an annual shopping festival with the participation of the Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association targeting both foreign and local shoppers.
Representatives of companies such as The Factory Outlet, DSI, KPMG, Swarnamahal Jewellers, Hameedia, Singer, Softlogic Retail, Exclusive Lines and Mydeal.lk met with the Minister of Finance Ravi Karunanayake to discuss the ‘Sri Lanka Shopping Festival,’ to be held annually with the support of the government.
“Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association aims to harness the resources of the organized retail industry to a common platform to promote innovation and growth in retailing,” a statement says.
Sri Lanka to build luxury tourist camps by Yala National Park
ColomboPage: The Sri Lankan government with the aim to attract high-income tourists plans to construct luxury environmentally-friendly tourist camps adjacent to the Yala National Park in the deep South.
Earlier the government had allocated a land of seven acres belonging to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority in Palatupana area to the Wild Coast Lodge (PVT) Ltd in 2012 to construct the tourist camps.
Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga has proposed to provide an additional 155 perches of land on a 50 year lease basis to the Wild Coast Lodge (PVT) Ltd to continue the project to construct the camps adjacent to the National Park.
Sri Lanka woos Israeli tourists
Colombo Gazette: Tourism Minister John Amaratunga says he hopes to promote Sri Lanka as an emerging tourism destination to Israelis.
“Jewish traders visited Sri Lanka in the 8th and 9th centuries, so we have a long relationship with Israel,” Amaratunga told The Jerusalem Post. “I’m trying to get Israelis to visit Sri Lanka.”
The number of Israeli tourists visiting Sri Lanka increased 34% in 2016 to 10,391 visitors, which was the largest percentage increase in foreign tourists to Sri Lanka, according to the Tourism Ministry.