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Thursday May 6th, 2021

Sri Lanka hotels hit as Coronavirus wave crashes wedding season

Some hotels are operating as Covid treatment centres

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India travel trade and media in Sri Lanka tour ahead of indo-Lanka travel bubble

A delegation of tour operators and journalists from India have completed a familiarization tour of Sri Lanka ahead of a planned Indo-La...

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Sri Lanka to merge tourism promotion agencies under new law

Sri Lanka will bring a new Tourism Act to merge three agencies and repeal the existing law to be able to improve co-ordination and better manage resou...

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Sri Lanka sees 4,500 tourist arrivals in March, Kazakhstan leads

Sri Lanka has welcomed 4,581 tourists in March 2021, up from 3,366 in February after the Indian Ocean island re-opened for post-Covid tourism, with Ka...

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Sri Lanka plans to let vaccinated tourists join the community

Sri Lanka is planning to allow tourists who are already vaccinated to arrive in the country, and join the community under a different set of health re...

Imesh Ranasinghe
Sri Lanka working with India on wedding bubble

Sri Lanka is working with India to set up a travel bubble to host destinations weddings in Sri Lanka and also resume meetings and incentive travel, th...

Singapore Airlines group starts flying with vaccinated crew

Singapore Airlines which flies three times a week to Sri Lanka, and its affiliates Scoot and SilkAir has begun to operat...

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Sri Lanka, India making progress in resuming flights under 'air bubble'

Sri Lanka and India is making progress on an 'air bubble' between the two countries, Deputy High Commissioner Vinod K Ja...

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Sri Lanka welcomes 1,635 tourists in Jan 2021 led by Ukraine

Sri Lanka has welcomed 1,635 tourists in January 2021 after airports were re-opened and post-Coronavirus tourism resume...

Mahadiya Hamza

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Sri Lanka to get 350 tourists a week from Kazakhstan: Aitken Spence

Sri Lanka will welcome around 350 tourists a week from Kazakhstan till April 2021, with two airlines running weekly char...

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Sri Lanka expects tourists from Germany, Dubai as airports re-open

Sri Lanka is expecting the first tourists from Germany and Dubai after Colombo and Mattala airports re-opened for touris...

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Sri Lanka will use lessons learnt from pilot project to open for tourism

Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga optimistic of resuming arrivals after “experiment” with bringing Ukrainian visit...

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Sri Lanka visas for tourists post Covid-19 with hotels, PCR tests, insurance pre-booked

Tourists travelling to Sri Lanka from January 21, 2021 will have to book at a designated 'Level 1' certified hotel, get ...

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Sri Lanka: PCR testing capacity at International Airport drops drastically

A shortage of automated extraction reagent kits cuts tests to 600 per day as arrivals are ramped up

Imesh Ranasinghe

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Sri Lanka politicos beat Ukraine tourists in Coronavirus: Minister

Sri Lanka's members of parliament were currently ahead of Ukraine tourists in Coronavirus confirmations, co-cabinet mini...

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Sri Lanka, India to discuss tourism revival strategy with Maldives, Nepal

Sri Lanka and India plans to initiate talks to revive post Coronavirus tourism President the office of President Gotabay...

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Sri Lanka to open airports for tourist flights from January 21: Tourism Minister

Sri Lanka will open airports for commercial tourist flights from January 21, 2021 and travel industry will have follow r...

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Udayanga Weeratunga in bubble, one law, one country not possible: Sri Lanka Tourism Minist...

Udayanga Weeratunga, a former envoy to Ukraine who is under fire for arranging tours allegedly flouting of health rules ...

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Sri Lankans banned from Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya when Ukrainians visit

Sri Lanka will restrict access to important religious and archaeological sites to its citizens as a group of Ukrainian t...

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Sri Lanka welcomes first tourists ending 9-month Covid-19 hiatus

Sri Lanka welcomed the first tourists on December 28, after a 9-month break with a tour group arriving in flight from Uk...

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Strike Zone: Sri Lanka is a leading place for whales getting hit by ships

Why do whales get hit by ships? Why does ship strike happen?

Mark Hager

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Sri Lanka re-starts tourism under Covid-19 rules from December 28

The first charter flight from Ukraine carrying tourists is due to arrive in Sri Lanka on December 28 an official said, r...

Mahadiya Hamza

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Sri Lanka nationals, dual citizens allowed back on commercial flights, paid Covid-19 quara...

Sri Lanka nationals and dual citizens abroad who can afford paid quarantine are allowed to use commercial flights to ret...

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Sri Lanka to target millennials with experience based tourism post-Covid-19

Sri Lanka is planning to market the island highlighting experience based tourism and branding targeting mainly millennia...

Chanka Jayasinghe

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Sri Lanka's LOLC says Serendib acquisition will strengthen post-Covid-19 leisure business

Colombo-based LOLC Holdings said the acquisition of Sri Lanka's Serendib Hotels will strengthen its position in the post...

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Sri Lanka's Hemas Holdings sells Serendib Hotels to LOLC

Sri Lanka's Hemas Holdings said it has sold a controlling stake in Serendib Hotels Plc for 792 million rupees, to LOLC g...

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