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SL’s tourism promotion instrumental in attracting more Indian tourists: Indian envoy

While addressing the third Joint Working Group (JWG) meeting on tourism between India and Sri Lanka today (14), High Commissioner of India to Sri Lanka Shri Gopal Baglay noted that the easing Covid-19 situation in both India and Sri Lanka and the tourism promotion activities undertaken by the Government of Sri Lanka had been instrumental in resumption of large number of tourist arrivals from India to Sri Lanka.

According to a press release from the High Commission of India in Colombo, Baglay further noted that almost two-thirds of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in the month of September 2021 were from India.

The meeting was co-chaired by Mr. S. Hettiarachchi, Secretary, Ministry of Tourism from the Sri Lankan side and Shri Rakesh Kumar Verma, Joint Secretary (Tourism), Ministry of Tourism from the Indian side.

In their opening remarks, the leaders of both delegations underscored the importance of tourism cooperation between the two countries, which flows from an Inter-Governmental bilateral MoU signed in January 2004. They conveyed the interest of their respective Governments in further promoting tourism in various sectors. In this connection, the importance of increasing air and sea connectivity; development of relevant infrastructure and greater collaboration and interaction between tourism stakeholders of both sides was also underlined. 

Both sides decided to facilitate cooperation between tourism stakeholders like hoteliers, travel agents, institutions concerned and tour operators by holding fairs, exhibitions, promotional activities and organizing exchange visits.