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Surge in Polish tourists to SL expected

  • Poland, one of the most promising markets: SL Tourism

Sri Lanka expects an upsurge of tourists from Poland and other European visitors in Asia following the travel relaxation that came into effect from last month for the fully vaccinated tourists.

Issuing a statement yesterday (8), Sri Lanka Tourism identified Poland as one of the most promising markets, with the potential to become a source market for Sri Lanka due to the fact that Polish Airlines is resuming twice-weekly direct flights to Sri Lanka from 7 December until the end of the winter season.

As Polish travellers seek tropical destinations during their winter season, Sri Lanka is widely expected to be their first choice in December 2021 due to easy accessibility with direct flights, Sri Lanka Tourism foresees. This was apparent in previous years, when over 20,000 Polish tourists visited Sri Lanka in large numbers in 2018 and 2019 via direct flights.

Despite the decline in tourist arrivals due to the pandemic, in 2018 and 2019, Sri Lanka was able to attract over 20,000 Polish tourists per annum.

Sri Lanka has been highlighted globally for carrying out one of the fastest vaccination drives in the world. The high vaccine rate amongst the general population has created a sense of security for travellers and arrivals are already seeing an uptick. These statistics have enabled Sri Lanka to move off the UK Red List and receive clearance from many other countries for travel.