100,000 Chinese tourists have visited Sri Lanka so far this year, with 17,462 in April making China the third largest market after India and the UK. Total arrivals in April was 180,429, 12.6 up on last year. By the end of April, visitors totalled 888,353, a 16.1 percent growth over the same period last year.
The Chinese dragon roared, and world tourism woke up. But not in Sri Lanka, says a study by the London School of Economics. Nevertheless, author Ravindra Deyshappriya, a former research director at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute of International Relations and Strategic Studies (LKI), is guardedly optimistic.
Fifty couples from China have been married in the Sri Lanka capital Colombo in a colourful mass ceremony conducted in accordance with our ancient Buddhist traditions.
Seventy-five Chinese happy couples will be cock-a-doodling in Sri Lanka in this Year of the Rooster during a mass wedding at Independence Square in the capital Colombo.
Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka will be boosted by growing numbers of Chinese and Indian visitors, according to Fitch rating experts reported in the Daily News.
Colonial-style tea-estate holiday bungalows owned by the Sri Lankan government are to be upgraded to attract Chinese tourists looking for a more authentic experience. The Ministry of Tourism also has romance in mind, saying that “Sri Lanka has always been an ideal destination for exotic wedding ceremonies”.
Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka from China increased by 31.5 percent to 16,000 in May, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, confirming China as the second biggest market after India.