Middle East and Gulf tourists wooed by SriLankan to experience amazing Minneriya Elephant Gathering


Sri Lanka’s abundant wildlife, especially the Minneriya Elephant Gathering, are the lures for a new campaign to woo Tourists from the Middle East and Gulf.

ColomboPage reports that “with 68 weekly flights to the Sri Lankan capital from the cities of the Gulf countries, SriLankan Airlines is rolling out the red carpet for Middle Eastern travelers”.

Recent figures indicate that Sri Lanka received 107,635 tourists from the GCC countries in 2017, a growth of 6.5 per cent, with the UAE figuring as the major source market in the region.


SriLankan Airlines recently boosted its services with daily flights to Colombo from Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Doha, Riyadh, Muscat, Bahrain and Kuwait, totaling 68 flights a week.

Says general manager marketing Saminda Perera: “Sri Lanka has a wide range of natural attractions to offer the Middle East traveler who is looking for a refreshing holiday that is not too far away from home.”

A top attraction is the Minneriya Elephant Gathering, the largest coming together of Asian elephants at any one time in the world.


It takes place during August and September, when herds of elephants across the island make their way to the Minneriya Tank, a man-made lake that holds water even in the dry season.

Says the report: “This spectacular coming together of herds of elephant, deer, buffalo and other animals in search of water and fodder, gives tourists a grandstand view of the wonders of nature.”

The park is located in our North Central Province, close to Habarana, the Cultural Triangle and the Sigiriya Rock, all of which are top attractions for tourists, and have a range of accommodation and dining options.

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