Sri Lanka is the fourth-fastest-growing tourism market in the world, according to a report from UK-based GlobalData, which covers five primary global industries.
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.
Dragon boats, the fastest growing international team water sport, are coming to Sri Lanka at the Diyawanna Rowing Centre in Colombo! This massively demanding and picturesque 2,000-year-old sport, which began in China, is poised to become a major Sri Lanka tourist attraction.
Sports tourism in Sri Lanka gets a major boost tomorrow (Feb 22-25) when the Ironman 70.3 triathlon takes place in the capital Colombo, the first time in Sri Lanka and South Asian region. “We want to showcase Sri Lanka’s potential to the world, and we want to position Sri Lanka as the hub for sports tourism.”
Football is poised to kick off a game-changing boost for Sri Lanka tourism thanks to a 14-day ‘Football Without Borders’ tour by a team from Switzerland, courtesy of the Football Federation of Sri Lanka (FFSL).
London’s iconic black-cab taxis and Underground train stations will feature in a major Sri Lanka tourism promotion effort next year.
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.
A major boost for ‘rain-or-shine’ year-round tourism in Sri Lanka has been announced by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe. “We must make Sri Lanka a 365-day destination. There will be rain somewhere, but sunshine in another place.”
“Sri Lanka is a beautiful country and we have the most hospitable people in the world. Let us showcase the best of our country—our culture, heritage, nature, wildlife and food.”