Sri Lanka’s tourism industry discuss proposal to bring small tour groups from select countries
Sri Lanka’s Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has reportedly said the government of Sri Lanka is in discussion about a proposal to bring small tour groups from select countries to the island and would be pursued once health authorities provided clearance.
“We have discussed this opportunity of bringing down group travellers from Europe, Far East Asia and Russia at the COVID-19 National Task Force meetings as well, but approval was not granted by them to allow any foreigners in the country due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Ranatunga has told the Daily FT.
The Minister has also said that several Russian tour groups have already expressed interest in visiting Sri Lanka.
The tourism industry in Sri Lanka are exploring innovative methods to revive the industry despite facing restrictions due to the impact of the global Covid 19 pandemic. Sri Lanka’s tourism industry was one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the country until the pandemic. However, the industry is already showing signs of a quick rebounce given the interest shown by tourists from several foreign countries. Sri Lanka has been listed as a must visit destination by several leading global travel publications. Also, Sri Lanka has been awarded the safety and hygienic certification as well. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore business opportunities in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry with a guarantee of return on their investment.
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