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Monday April 15th, 2024

Sri Lanka airport, port get scanners and smart toilets from Japan

Scanners that detect diseases, baggage, body, passport, and biometric access control gifted under IOM project

April 11, 2024 1 min read

Not a dry holiday for Sri Lanka's foreign visitors

No enforced dry holiday for tourists

April 8, 2024 1 min read

Sri Lanka earns billion dollars from tourism in first quarter

March arrivals were up 66 percent to 209,181

April 8, 2024 1 min read

Sri Lanka minimum room rates slammed as cartelized scheme that is illegal in market economies

Hotels demanding minimum room rate are old, while newer properties that can compete with the world are now in Colombo

April 5, 2024 3 min read
Sri Lanka plans state ayurvedic massage centres for tourists

"In collaboration with the Department of Ayurveda, we are establishing ‘Body Mantra’ massage centres across the coun...

Vehicles imported for Sri Lanka's tourism sector will be year-old, taxed: official

"We will allow the import of year-old vehicles, because year-old vehicles are sold at a much lower price," he said.

Sri Lanka to allow import of 750 vans and 250 buses for tourism

Vans with 6–15 seating capacity, 250 buses with 6–30 and 30–45 seating capacity with no tax concessions

April 2, 2024 1 min read

Sri Lanka to extend visa-free pilot project till April 30: tourism minister

"A final decision to be taken during the next few weeks of the pilot project," Fernando said.

April 1, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 189-pct in March 2024

Tourist arrivals rose 189 percent to 635,782 persons in March 2024 from a year ago, led by India

Apsara Rodrigo
April 1, 2024 1 min read

Cinnamon’s Colombo-focused tourism to bring high-end tourists to Sri Lanka

Urban eco-tourism includes birdwatching in Diyawanna wetlands, volunteering at the zoo, exploring religious sites

Apsara Rodrigo
March 29, 2024 2 min read

India pledges 61.5 million dollar grant for Jaffna KKS port Sri Lanka says

A new breakwater will be constructed, and the port will be dredged up to a depth of 30 metres for deep-draft vessels.

Nethmi Rajawasam
March 19, 2024 2 min read

Pho Vietnam restaurant launches Banh Mi as Sri Lanka economy recovers

There are more tourists and also expats.

March 17, 2024 2 min read

Russian, Indian visitors to Sri Lanka remain high in March

There were 9,783 Russian tourists and 9,735 Indian tourists as of March 10.

Apsara Rodrigo
March 13, 2024 1 min read

Sri Lanka loses MICE tourists to Thailand on minimum room rates

We don't mind demand and supply situation taking the rates up as in the Maldives

Apsara Rodrigo
March 3, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 102-pct in Feb led by Russia

Russian arrivals were 32,030 just overtaking India at 30,027

March 3, 2024 1 min read

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals in Feb led by Russia amid visa row

Russian visitors took pole position amid a visa row

March 3, 2024 2 min read
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Sri Lanka aims to boost SME with Sancharaka Udawa tourism expo

Tourism industry exhibition will bring together businesses ranging from hotels to travel agents and airlines

Apsara Rodrigo
February 29, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka's boat builders head to Dubai

Boat builders in Sri Lanka are headed to the Dubai International Boat show to showcase their capabilities

February 28, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka hosts international Hindu festival

The Bhagwat Gita Mahotsava is held annually to pay homage to Sri Bhagwat Gita

February 27, 2024 1 min read

Sri Lanka cabinet approves new tourism policy

Proposal to implement a new tourism policy prepared by an expert committee,

February 27, 2024 1 min read

Sri Lanka leisure industry to train golf caddies on course for high end tourism

Sri Lanka only has 40 caddies for all golf courses

Apsara Rodrigo
February 18, 2024 1 min read

After Nas Daily success, Sri Lanka tourism focuses more on influencer marketing

Nas Daily's videos have reached more than 25 million people in two months

Apsara Rodrigo
February 14, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka launches UPI to facilitate payments by growing Indian tourists, boost formal transactions

Indians account for one fifth of the total tourists to Sri Lanka and topped the arrivals

February 12, 2024 4 min read

Indian firm to manage Sri Lanka’s three key airports: Minister

Efforts to expand Sri Lanka's main airport has faced delays due to economic crisis

January 31, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals reaches 5-year high of 200,000 in January

Up to January 28, 189,000 persons have come to the island.  

Apsara Rodrigo
January 31, 2024 1 min read

Sri Lanka defence sector to join tourism initiatives

All hands on deck approach

January 27, 2024 1 min read
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