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Thursday, September 20, 2012

Sri Lanka emerging as a key tourist destination among Koreans

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion in Korea
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion in Korea

Sri Lanka hopes to see at least 15,000 visitor arrivals for this year and 25,000 for the year 2013.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Korea in association with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau initiated a number of activities in the hopes of promoting Sri Lanka as a key tourist destination among Koreans.

Sri Lankan Ambassador to Korea Tissa Wijeratne has said that Sri Lanka blessed with the miracles of nature and many other unique aspects is geared up for outbound Korean market raising its profile to that of an Asian tourism icon.
In this connection, preparatory works are now under way to open direct flight service between Seoul and Colombo.
Chances for Korean Air, the national flag carrier of South Korea, to inaugurate the service, toward the end of this year at the earliest, are very high, he observed.


On the 5th September 2012, the Ambassador accompanied by the Counsellor (Commercial) of the Mission met the Travel and Tourism Club (TNT Club), one of the prominent tourism clubs in Korea. TNT Club comprises of leading Korean Travel companies such as Hana, Mode etc. and travel media representatives along with other tourism related associations etc. They met at the President Hotel in Seoul to discuss the prospects of tourism that could attract Korean tourists to Sri Lanka.
A detailed presentation with attractive visuals and information covering the major tourist attractions in Sri Lanka along with other tourism-related details were presented to the members of the TNT Club. An interactive session followed which provided the members an opportunity to raise questions about Sri Lanka tourism which were subsequently answered by the Ambassador.

Expressing his views regarding the rising tourism industry of Sri Lanka described by many as Virgin market, Sri Lankan envoy said that 2011 was a very important year for Sri Lanka when tourist arrivals totaled 855,000 surpassing the original annual target of 750,000.

Touching on number of Korean visitor arrivals, he said that Sri Lanka hopes to see at least 15,000 visitor arrivals for this year and 25,000 for the year 2013.

During the 7th to 10th September 2012, the Embassy participated in Korea’s second largest tourism fair, the 15th Busan International Travel Fair (BITF), held in Busan, the second largest city in Korea after Seoul. All major tourist destinations in Asia including India, Malaysia, Thailand, Maldives, Philippines, China and Japan participated in the fair. More than 91,000 individuals visited during the four days of the fair which provided the Sri Lankan Embassy an opportunity to promote Sri Lanka among Korean tourists.
One Sri Lankan Tour operating company as well as a hotelier Connaissance de Ceylan participated in the fair from the tourism industry. The Sri Lankan company met a number of Korean tour operators who visited Sri Lanka’s booth and held bilateral discussions aimed to establish commercial links that could attract Korean Tourists to visit Sri Lanka.


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