Sri Lanka offers 60 per cent discount deals to reverse terror attack damage to tourism

Sri Lanka is offering hot deals of up to 60 per cent discount including flights and meeting packages until the end of September in an effort to retrieve lost business following the terrorism attack.

Sri Lanka Tourism in association with Sri Lanka Airlines, The Hotel Association of Sri Lanka and inbound tour operators have designed packages targeting India. The offers includes discounted air fare, accommodation, transport and meeting packages and will make Sri Lanka 30–60 per cent cheaper for Indian travellers. The offers will be valid for visits and events until  September 30, 2019 across Sri Lankan Airlines’ network covering 12 cities in India operating 123 weekly flights. Buddhika Hewawasam, manager of Sri Lankan Holidays, said: “It is the first time we have come out with such packages for the India market.”

Kishu Gomes, chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, said there is no remaining security threat. “Our military brought the situation under control within 48 hours after the incident,” Gomes stated. In the first month after the Easter Sunday bomb attack Sri Lanka registered 40,000 international arrivals of which, 9,300 visitors were Indian. Commenting on the focus areas for the India market, Gomes said that MICE tourism will continue to remain the prime focus segment and Sri Lanka will continue to treat India as the top priority market. About 425,000 Indians visited the country in 2018.