Sri Lanka expects more tourists from Chinaâ€™s Zhejiang Province
ECONOMYNEXT – Chinese tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka are likely to see big growth after an assurance from tourism authorities in Zhejiang Province which now generates over a fifth of total visitors from China to the island.
The Ministry of Tourism Development said the tourism administration of Zhejiang Province in China has given an assurance they will try increase visitor arrivals to Sri Lanka by at least 25%.
The assurance was given by chairman of Ningbo Municipal Tourism Administration, Li Zhemin to Minister of Tourism Development John Amaratunga during a meeting at the Ningbo International Tourism Expo Monday.
This was the first time a tourism delegation from Sri Lanka visited the expo in a province that generates over 60,000 arrivals to Sri Lanka each year, a statement said.
Sri Lanka got 2.1 million tourists in 2017 of whom 268,952 were Chinese.
Amaratunga and his delegation met a cross section of the travel and tourism industry in Ningbo Province on the visit to Ningbo International Tourism Expo.
They also met officials from China International Travel Service where it was noted that good air connectivity between the province and Colombo was an added boon in promoting tourism in the region.
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in association with China International Travel Service did a ‘Road Show’ in Ningbo where over 300 tourism stake holders participated, including leading travel agents in the region.
(COLOMBO, 05 September, 2018)