Over 700 French naval personnel visit Sri Lanka on bio-secure travel bubble conditions
A group of 750 French naval personnel and officers toured Sri Lanka under strict bio-secure travel bubble conditions though some have raised concerns over the move amidst the pandemic, according to local media reports.
They are part of the FNS Tonnerre and FNS Surcouf naval vessels of the French Government.
According to reports, the visit is a diplomatic engagement under Sri Lanka-France bilateral military cooperation.
The two vessels have been in high seas for the last three months with the last post being Djibouti and reached Sri Lanka today via Japan and Singapore, where technical stops were made.
The tour is being carefully facilitated by multiple stakeholders, including Sri Lanka’s Foreign Ministry, Defence Ministry, Health Ministry, the French Embassy in Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka Tourism, with the approval of the government of Sri Lanka.
Adhering to health guidelines given the COVID-19 pandemic, this procedure has been followed previously, too, when accommodating groups of tourists.
The French naval team is to travel to Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Minneriya Eco-Park, Yala, and Udawalawe as part of their sightseeing experience.
According to the French Embassy, the estimated tourism revenue from the group for three days from hotels and excursions would be Rs. 125 million, and from the port of call, it would be a further Rs. 125 million.
Sri Lanka is once again on the path to recovery after facing the impact of the global Covid 19 pandemic. The island is also becoming a travel destination for foreign travellers. Sri Lanka’s tourism industry was one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the country when the Covid 19 pandemic resulted in global travel restrictions. However, with the reopening of Sri Lanka’s borders and global promotional campaigns placing Sri Lanka as a safe travel destination, the country’s tourism industry is once again on the path to recovery. With Sri Lanka fast becoming a business hub in the South Asian region coupled by the ongoing development agenda, global hospitality brands have expressed interest in entering the country. Given Sri Lanka’s positive movements in the tourism industry, foreign businesses/investors could explore business/investment opportunities in the industry.
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