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Sultanate a major tourism market in Middle East for Sri Lanka

The sultanate is an established market for Sri Lankan tourism with 14,216 Omanis travellers visiting the country last year, Ajantha Rathnayake, assistant director, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau has said.

Rathnayake was speaking at a roadshow hosted by the Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Bureau at the Al Falaj Hotel on Sunday, which saw the participation of around 21 travel and tour operators.

“Oman is an established travel market for Sri Lanka and as many as 14,216 Omani travellers visited the country last year. The Middle East region contributes 18 per cent to 20 per cent of the total tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka every year at over 100,000. Saudi Arabia too has shown a tremendous increase over the period with 36,617 travellers to Sri Lanka during 2015.” He added, “Sri Lanka has multiple tourism experiences to offer including golf, cruise, wedding and honeymoon, yachting and film tourism.”

According to Deepal Pallegangoda, country manager Mihin Lanka, Sri Lanka is expecting an increase of around 20 per cent visitors from Oman this year. “We saw an increase of 65 per cent visitors from 2013-14 and an 11 per cent increase in 2014-15 from Oman.” He added, “The economic situation in the Middle East suggests people would prefer more affordable destinations like Far East Asia and Sri Lanka over Europe. “We have got a great response after we started our daily flights. These flights provide increased connectivity to the travellers. Sri Lanka is the most affordable destination this summer.”

H E M K Pathmanaathan, Sri Lanka's Ambassador to Oman said, “Sri Lanka is expecting to increase its tourist arrivals to 4.5mn by 2020 and it has signed up with leading international hotel chains to increase the keys in the country. Saudi Arabia, UAE and Oman are the main source of tourists to Sri Lanka from the Gulf region.”

3rd May 2016

Muscat Daily