Sri Lanka to target high-spending tourists

By Easwaran Rutnam

Sri Lanka is to target high-spending tourists in an attempt to revive the tourism sector which has been hit by the coronavirus.

President Gotabaya Rajapaksa has proposed that Sri Lanka take steps to issue visas with a recognised health certificate when tourists begin to return to Sri Lanka.

He also proposed that Sri Lanka Tourism target countries where the coronavirus has been contained.

Rajapaksa had expressed these views at a meeting with the Presidential Task Force on Economic Revival and Poverty Eradication.

The President had also placed focus on the need to promote medical tourism by highlighting the successful efforts taken by Sri Lanka to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

He also urged the authorities to target long-term tourists who often travel to other countries during the winter season.

The President also noted that promoting domestic tourism can ensure the hotel industry is protected. (Colombo Gazette)


  1. Sri Lanka is an overpriced tourist market. The lure of a good affordable holiday has disappeared. At current pricing levels, the tourist can be forgiven for thinking they were visiting an up market western destination.


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