Sri Lanka targets 2.5 million tourist arrivals in 2017

Jan 07, Colombo: Despite the impediment due to the partial closure of the international airport during the first quarter and withdrawal of the national carrier from key markets, Sri Lanka has set a target of 2.5 million tourist arrivals in 2017. Tourism Development, Land and Christian Affairs Minister John Amaratunga at a media briefing yesterday […]
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Sri Lankan villagers protest over Chinese investment

Several people have been injured in southern Sri Lanka during a protest against allowing China to build a port and industrial zone. The plan envisages the eviction of thousands of villagers around Hambantota port, 240km (150 miles) south-east of the capital Colombo. Police used tear gas as the protest delayed a ceremony being attended by Prime […]
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Sri Lanka launches special industrial zone to attract Chinese industries

Jan 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe accompanied by the Ambassador of China to Colombo Yi Xianliang Saturday launching the Southern Development Project inaugurated a special industrial zone in Hambantota amid protests by joint opposition politicians and Buddhist monks. Prime Minister Wickremesinghe says the Sri Lanka – China Logistics and Industrial Zone (SLCLIZ) […]
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WHO certifies Sri Lanka malaria-free

In a remarkable public health achievement, Sri Lanka has been certified as malaria-free island country by World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday. “Sri Lanka’s achievement is truly remarkable. In the mid-20th century it was among the most malaria-affected countries, but now it is malaria-free. This is testament to the courage and vision of its leaders, […]
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President Maithripala opens Facets 2016 Gem and Jewellery Exhibition

Sept 01, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena today inaugurated the International Gem and Jewellery Exhibition “Facets Sri Lanka 2016”, organized by the Sri Lanka Gem & Jewellery Association (SLGJA) for the 26th successive time. Leading institutions in the field of gem and jewelry in the country are taking part in the exhibition, which will […]
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Tourist arrivals up by 19 percent in July 2016 Sri Lanka Tourism Board

Aug 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals increased by 19.1 percent in July this year compared to the same period last year exceeding one million tourists arrivals so far this year. The data released today by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed the month recording 209,351 tourist arrivals to the country compared to […]
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Thai Travel agent announces trips to undiscovered Jaffna in Northern Sri Lanka

With the area now peaceful and returning to normal, Khiri Travel says the time is right to start sharing the historical, cultural and culinary attractions of the area with guests who will travel by train, bicycle, jeep and catamaran. BANGKOK – Khiri Travel has launched pioneering 4-day/3-night trips to Jaffna in northern Sri Lanka. The […]
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Sacred Buddhist Relics from Taxila Pakistan exhibited in Ampara

June 13, Colombo: The Most Sacred Relics of Lord Buddha from Pakistan will be exhibited in Mangalagiri Rajamaha Viharaya, Ampara, for two days from June 14-15, 2016, Pakistan High Commission in Colombo said in a statement. The sacred relics include two holy bone relics of the Buddha, a golden casket containing the relics and a […]
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Aitken Spense calls for visitor quotas at wildlife parks

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Aitken Spence Hotel Holdings has called for better government regulations and enforcement to protect the island’s wildlife parks, which are a top tourist attraction. Sri Lanka’s key competitive advantage lies in its unique diversity of the natural environment and its multiple attractions of nature, history and culture within a small land […]
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Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau focused to promote Buddhist tourism in Thailand

June 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) has organized a familiarization tour of Sri Lanka for two journalists from Thailand to increase destination awareness and promote Sri Lanka as one of the key destinations for Thai tourists. Travel around the World-Magazine journalists have arrived to Sri Lanka on 08 June 2016. “Travel around […]
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