More tourists from Israel, Lebanon now
The Tourism industry has shown a significant improvement and is one
of the industries which generates considerable income and brings foreign
exchange to the country.
The number of tourist arrivals from countries such as Israel and
Lebanon has grown and has also shown interest in visiting Sri Lanka,
AIDA Group Managing Director Yohan Waduge told Daily News Business.
It is timely that the country should take action to market Sri Lanka
in an inviting manner as the Government has set plans to achieve a
target of 2.5 million tourist arrivals by 2016, he said.
The areas where there are many hotels and tourists should be
Establishing tourist information centres and illuminating the streets
will greatly help the visitors, he said.
The hotels in Kandy will be fully occupied during the Esela Perahera.
There are opportunities for hoteliers to upgrade their services and
The number of visitors has shown an increase of 60 to 70 percent
compared to last year up to now.
Waduge said as the personal training for the employees engaged in the
industry should improve to cater to the enhanced demand. We should make
use of the opportunity available to empower our people to overcome the
AIDA resorts have invested Rs three million to set up a wellness spa
named Avinya. There is a great interest and a demand for ayurvedic
medicaments. The highest demand is from Germany and many other European
Connaissance promotes social tourism
The French students
A special group of 101 French students under 18 years, along with
four professors arrived in Sri Lanka on July 11. This group was
organized by the Connaissance de Ceylan and it is partly sponsored by
the Levallois Municipality, a city near Paris.
This is the first time that a group of this nature has come to visit
the island after many years. Apart form doing a round tour in Sri Lanka,
they were engaged in different social work in social centres down South
such as Boossa, Kathaluwa, Ahangama.
The importance of this group is that it helps cultivate a new tourism
segment called social tourism in Sri Lanka where the participants are
engaged in various social responsibility programs in the host country.
With such arrivals, Sri Lanka will soon be known as an ideal
destination not only for authenticity, bio and cultural diversity and
sandy beaches but also for ‘social tourism’, providing ample opportunity
to meet Sri Lankan population and get to know their social lifestyle.
This new segment will build social exchanges between the visitor and
the host and provide excellent credibility to the destination.