ECONOMYNEXT – A delegation of tour operators and journalists from India have completed a familiarization tour of Sri Lanka ahead of a planned Indo-Lanka travel bubble, the island’s national carrier said.
“The delegation spent six nights and seven days touring the country while being subjected to mandatory PCR testing and other health guidelines imposed by the Ministry of Health,” SriLankan Airlines said.
“The main purpose of their participation in this fam tour was to restore confidence in visiting Sri Lanka, especially among the Indian tourists to provide them in-depth knowledge on how the country’s tourism industry operates under the bio-bubble concept.
“Upon arriving in Sri Lanka, the delegation toured the most sought-after local tourist sites including Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, and Bentota.
“The tour was initiated by SriLankan Holidays and the ground arrangements for the tour were handled by Jetwing Travels, Aitken Spence, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau (SLCB), and Hamoos Travels.”
Apart from visiting various places, they experienced the stringent health and safety protocols adopted by the country in resuming tourism under the “bio-bubble” concept allowing tourists to roam around without mixing with the local population.
At a virtual meeting with SriLankan Airlines Chairman Ashok Pathirage, Chief Executive Officer Vipula Gunathilleka, and Head of Worldwide Sales and Distribution Dimuthu Tennakoon the delelgation had discussed the airline’s operations to India, vaccination and quarantine travel arrangements. (Colombo/April19/2021)