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Friday May 24th, 2024

Sri Lanka plans golf course in Chilaw

Iranawila and Chilaw will be developed as a tourism hub

May 23, 2024 1 min read

Sri Lanka to host foreign artistes, Sigiriya fashion show to promote tourism

We will be hosting a few international artists in July to August

May 23, 2024 1 min read

Sri Lanka's Cinnamon Life begins marketing, accepts bookings

Cinnamon Life hotel commenced accepting bookings for stays and banqueting functions

May 22, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka's ‘Sancharaka Udawa’ tourist fair seeks to involve universities

“Several universities were given free stalls to facilitate student interaction with industry professionals,”

May 18, 2024 1 min read
Sri Lanka VFS Global visa deal despite IMF anti-corruption requirements: opposition

Having pledged all those new measures, and agreed to the IMF conditions, what does the government do?

Sri Lanka’s April tourism revenue rise 52-pct

Sri Lanka's tourism industry recovering faster and outperforming

Sri Lanka COPF summons border officials over VFS Global visa crisis

Officials summoned tomorrow for "balanced examination in to the ongoing visa fiasco"

May 8, 2024 2 min read

Tourists in fix as Sri Lanka visa validity halved after VFS Global deal

Posters slam VFS Global for bad programming and also Sri Lanka for creating a 'typical mess'

May 8, 2024 3 min read

Sri Lanka to lose 20-pct from $50 tourist visa to VFS Global: legislator

"Doesn’t' 10 dollars from that go to the company?

May 8, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka 'free' visa costs US$21.61 under VFS Global deal: legislator

So they are taking 21.65 dollars for a gratis visa when a tourist comes to Sri Lanka

May 8, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka VFS Global 12-year visa deal worth $840mn: legislator

The private contractor would earn up to 100 million dollars by 2035, he claimed

May 7, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka says to issue single entry tourist visa for $50 amid VFS crisis

It is not clear whether tourists will be forced to use the VFS global website

May 7, 2024 3 min read

Harsha queries Sri Lanka $200mn IVS-VFS Global investment claimed to justify high fees

"Where did this investment go?

May 7, 2024 1 min read

Sri Lanka tourism minister opposes VFS Global linked visa fees in cabinet

When the new proposal was introduced, VFS charges were not mentioned

May 6, 2024 1 min read

VFS Global issues statement on Sri Lanka visa deal


May 6, 2024 5 min read

No tender needed for Sri Lanka visa deal, nobody can compete against VFS: Minister

Many things are done without tender in Sri Lanka and the visa deal was a proposal

May 6, 2024 2 min read
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Sri Lanka denies $10mn election funding by VFS Global over visa deal

I do not take even 5 cents from anyone

Apsara Rodrigo
May 6, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka to issue 30-day single entry tourist visa below 100 dollars

Visa is promised at $50 but it is not clear whether private fees will be charged on top

Nethmi Rajawasam
May 6, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka cabinet loses powers to give free tourist visa with IVS-VFS Global deal?

The visa must facilitate the tourist to come

May 6, 2024 5 min read

Sri Lanka to regulate homestays amid pedophile fears

There should be criteria to lend a so that it does not affect the home environment and also the guest

Apsara Rodrigo
May 5, 2024 1 min read

Sri Lanka opposition calls for investigation into IVS-VFS Global tourist visa monopoly profits

What is the cost of service? The parliament must immediately investigate

May 4, 2024 3 min read

Sri Lanka may miss tourism target over IVS-GBS-VFS visa fees, complex forms, President told

Travel trade appeals for Presidential intervention

May 4, 2024 3 min read

Sri Lanka revises up April tourist arrivals amid visa crisis

Data released up to April 28, initially showed lower tourism numbers

May 4, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka to remove hotel minimum room rate, breakfast controls from end May

So it is up to the hotels also to do their own marketing and they also have to go out there

May 3, 2024 4 min read

Sri Lanka IVS-GBS-VFS Global high-priced visa hits fresh controversy

The High Commission of India said the company had no connection to India

May 3, 2024 2 min read

Sri Lanka sets up company to manage Pekoe Trail

The promoters say it is the first independent, private sector led entity to manage a tourism experience

May 2, 2024 2 min read
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