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Sri Lanka wants Saudi tourists

Staff writer ▼ | September 19, 2013
Sri Lanka is an ideal destination for Saudi families to spend their holidays, said Lal Perera, head of worldwide sales at SriLankan Airlines.
Sri Lanka
Sri LankaSri Lanka is an ideal destination for Saudi families to spend their holidays, said Lal Perera, head of worldwide sales at SriLankan Airlines.


"We have tailored various packages for the convenience of Saudi tourists who come with their families for tourism. We have adequate facilities for halal food and Arabic-speaking guides to assist Arab travelers," said Mr. Perera.

The SriLankan Holidays and the MICE Department of SriLankan Airlines jointly organized SriLankan Holidays and SriLankan MICE Conference 2013 with the aim of promoting tourism in the country, in keeping with Sri Lanka's target of attracting 2.5 million tourists by 2016.

The conference attracted more than 150 participants, including SriLankan Holidays Franchise Operators (SHFO), SLH Ground Operators (SHGO), MICE Operators and foreign media representatives.

"Since the end of the war, Sri Lanka has become one of the safest countries to explore and a popular family holiday getaway. The growing number of tourist arrivals is a good indication of the appeal of our wildlife, beaches and hospitality," said Nishantha Wickremasinghe, chairman of SriLankan Airlines.

The government of Colombo is striving to promote Sri Lanka as a leading touristic destination and has chalked out a strategic plan to double Saudi tourists from 19,500 to 40,000 in the next three years. There are 12 flights flying to and from Colombo from the three major airports of Dammam, Riyadh and Jeddah.


 

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