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Chinese and Bulgarian travelers set foot in the island signaling new boom


Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority headed by well experienced tourism expert Priynatha Fernando, Sri Lanka has achieved the revised target of 700,000 million arrivals set for last year (2022).

Sri Lanka recorded over 100,000 tourists within the first 26 days of February 2023, Minister of Tourism Harin Fernando stated, making this the second consecutive month in which Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has seen such numbers.

As per the statistics retrieved by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), a total of 102,545 tourist arrivals were recorded in January this year

According to Sri Lanka Tourism it will not go for a global communication blitz in 2023 but focus on nine key markets identified to capitalize on the boost experienced by the industry over the past six months.

India, Russia, China, the UK, France, Germany, the Middle East, Nordic countries and Australia are the key focused markets where the tourism ministry hopes to conduct social media and PR campaigns by May 2023.

In this backdrop,115 Chinese tourists and 200 bulgarian tourists have set foot in the days Serendib Island – the Paradise of Adventures within two days this month signaling the new momentum of the world’s one of the best travelers destinations.

A SriLankan Airlines flight from Guangzhou, China has brought 115 Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka March 01 for the first time after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Commenting at the event, Tourism Minister Harin Fernando mentioned that SriLankan Airlines and China Eastern Airlines flights will arrive in Sri Lanka 09 times a week to Shanghai, Beijing and Gongshu, the three cities of China from April 04.

Minister Harin Fernando also explained the impact on tourists due to the ongoing strikes and trade union actions in the country.

Aitken Spence Travels (AST) yesterday welcomed a charter flight from Bulgaria to the Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) with 200 holiday makers.

The visitors from Bulgaria will be discovering Sri Lanka with excursions to explore the vivid culture of the country including Kandy city, the cultural triangle, Pinnawela, the misty mountains of the hill country as well as the classic beaches during their nine days stay in Sri Lanka.

Their accommodation choices vary between 4- and 5- star properties along with boutique properties.

One of the leading tour operators in Bulgaria has partnered with AST for this charter flight operation.

The agent was privy to presentations made during sales calls last year by the AST team and with persuasion and convincing resulted in this charter flight operation becoming a reality.

Furthermore, the agent gained confidence after the successful charter operation from Uzbekistan and other countries handled by the company.

Further strengthening the partnership, this high-potential operator is looking forward to operating full capacity flights to Sri Lanka during the Winter season, this year.

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