Articles tagged “sri lanka”

Lessons From a Destination’s Crisis Recovery in Asia

Lessons From a Destination’s Crisis Recovery in Asia

Raini Hamdi, Skift

It's understandable that Sri Lanka wants arrivals to return to pre-Easter bombing levels soonest. The challenge is knowing what measures are needed, amid the sense of urgency that can cloud the mind.

6 months ago

Sri Lanka Boldly Asks Online Travel Agencies to Cut Commissions to Help Revive Tourism

Sri Lanka Boldly Asks Online Travel Agencies to Cut Commissions to Help Revive Tourism

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Of the several measures to bring arrivals back to pre-Easter bombing levels, a tireless Sri Lanka is asking online travel agencies to slash commissions. It might be better to ask them instead to do a free or at-cost campaign to drive bookings to the country.

6 months ago

Why Is the U.S. Never Deemed ‘Unsafe’ as a Travel Destination?

Why Is the U.S. Never Deemed ‘Unsafe’ as a Travel Destination?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

In the wake of a tragedy, destinations are hugely beholden to the public perception of how safe it is to travel there, regardless of the reality on the ground. But the United States — which has experienced more mass shootings than there are days in 2019 — is unfairly exempt from that struggle.

6 months ago

Sri Lanka Will Offer Visas on Arrival to Boost Tourism Recovery

Sri Lanka Will Offer Visas on Arrival to Boost Tourism Recovery

Associated Press

Sri Lanka needs all the help it can get to help boost its tourism recovery, and simplifying the visa process is a smart move to welcome more visitors.

7 months ago

Visa Policies Fail to Keep Up With India’s Growing Travel Market

Visa Policies Fail to Keep Up With India’s Growing Travel Market

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Most countries are still prejudiced against the Indian passport. That's a shame. Indian travelers are a legitimate, growing source for the global tourism industry. Thailand understands that; Australia not yet. Maybe it'll take a cricket match to change that.

7 months ago

Interest in Iran Tours Rising Globally Despite Americans’ Fears

Interest in Iran Tours Rising Globally Despite Americans’ Fears

Maria Lenhart, Skift

With tensions between the U.S. and Iranian governments escalating, tour operators report that some Americans are rethinking their travel plans. However travelers from other countries are undeterred, and interest in Iran continues to grow.

7 months ago

Travel Advisors Book Sri Lanka Again Thanks to Downgraded Warnings

Travel Advisors Book Sri Lanka Again Thanks to Downgraded Warnings

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Tourism to Sri Lanka was riding high until the Easter massacre all but shut it down. Now that foreign governments are scaling back their travel warnings, some travel advisors are again pushing the destination, hoping that tourism will help get the country back on its feet.

7 months ago

What the Western Media Gets Wrong About Sri Lanka Tourism

What the Western Media Gets Wrong About Sri Lanka Tourism

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The Western media jumped on a 57 percent drop in arrivals to Sri Lanka in June. That’s only half the story and one that could cause consumers to postpone visits. The destination is actually on the mend.

8 months ago

Sri Lanka Uses Tax Waivers to Boost Tourism Investment After Attacks

Sri Lanka Uses Tax Waivers to Boost Tourism Investment After Attacks

Karthikeyan Sundaram, Bloomberg

Sri Lanka is looking at a multiyear comeback trail for tourism after last month's attacks. Tax waivers will make the destination more attractive for travel industry investors but do little to reassure travelers that they'll be safe once they arrive.

10 months ago

Travel Advisor Risk and Responsibility in Sri Lanka

Travel Advisor Risk and Responsibility in Sri Lanka

Allan Leibowitz, Skift

Leisure travel advisors may not have the same obligations as their corporate travel counterparts when it comes to keeping travelers safe, but this week’s terror attack raises questions about risk and responsibility.

10 months ago

Sri Lanka Tourism Braces for Cancellations After Fatal Blasts

Sri Lanka Tourism Braces for Cancellations After Fatal Blasts

Asantha Sirimanne and Michelle Jamrisko, Bloomberg

Industry players are reeling from shock at the Easter Sunday deadly attack that targeted tourists. Sri Lanka has been enjoying a long period of peace, gaining the confidence of visitors and investors. Now, this. Cancellations are inevitable; it’s the long term that is uncertain and the destination must be vigilant.

10 months ago

Deadly Attacks in Sri Lanka Target Luxury Hotels and Churches

Deadly Attacks in Sri Lanka Target Luxury Hotels and Churches

Asantha Sirimanne and Anusha Ondaatjie, Bloomberg

10 months ago