Last update:Thu, 25 Jan 2024

‘Positive Transformation’ Sri Lanka’s theme at ITB 2015

Newsimage10The Sri Lanka pavilion at the world's biggest travel fair, ITB in Berlin, this year is promoting 'Positive Transformation' in the country following the peaceful and decisive presidential election held on 8 January 2015. The fresh push to woo German and other European tourists at ITB Berlin is supported by the participation of 52 private sector travel and hotel firms. The Lankan pavilion was inaugurated by Tourism and Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake earlier this week in the presence of Sri Lankan Ambassador for Germany and Switzerland Karunatilleka Amunugama, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Chairman Dr. Rohantha Athukorala and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Chairman Paddy Vithana.

Tourist arrivals in January grow by 6.6 percent

Newsimage8Sri Lanka registered a tourism growth of 6.6% with a total visitors of 156,246 in January as per the provincial data with key markets of India at +28.8% with 22,944 visitors, UK at +4% with 13,410 visitors, France +7.9% with 9,095 visitors, Germany at +12.6% with 10,375 visitors, China at +8.9% with 11,375 visitors and Italy at +8.5% with 2,710 visitors Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau Chairman Rohantha Athukorala said.

Maithri calls for true unity

Newsimage7President Maithripala Sirisena yesterday emphasized the urgent need for unity in its truer sense, which he said the new Government would sincerely endeavour to deliver, along with a stronger democracy and economy.

Volkswagen interested in Sri Lanka export manufacturing plant

Newsimage6Germany's Volkswagen has been trying set up a plant to produce vehicles for export for years but had not succeeded due to unspecified reasons, a statement quoted the German envoy to Colombo as saying. German ambassador Juergen Morhard who had met deputy economic affairs minister Harsha de Silva Monday had said the country looked forward to becoming a friendly partner to Sri Lanka. The ambassador was quoted as saying though Volkswagen, the second largest car maker in the world, "had strived since 2008 to start up a business to manufacture cars in Sri Lanka for export, it did not succeed for various reasons."