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Tourism industry in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka has a growing tourism industry. Since gaining independence from the British in 1947, Sri Lanka has continued to attract foreign investors and tourists to the island. The country's important placement also enables it to attract transit visitors into the island.

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Tourism industry in Sri Lanka

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  2. 2. Overview • What is tourism • Types of tourism • Tourism in Sri Lanka • What is domestic tourism • History of tourism • Current situation • Strategies • How to promote • Challenges and trends 2
  3. 3.  travel to and stay in places outside their usual environment for not more than one consecutive year for leisure, business and other purposes – WTO What is Tourism 3
  4. 4.  International Tourism  Internal Tourism  Domestic Tourism  National Tourism Types of Tourism 4
  5. 5.  Mostly concentrated on domestic tourism  Fast growing industry  major source of foreign exchange earnings and employment  Closer competitors – India, Bangladesh and the Maldives  Natural beauty is a competitive advantage Tourism in Sri Lanka 5
  6. 6. Vision To establish and position Sri Lanka as Asia's most treasured and greenest island,  with its beautiful beaches,  warm and friendly people,  with a strong nature,  culture and adventure offering,  raising its profile to that of an Asian tourism icon and  make it the largest foreign exchange earner of Sri Lanka. Tourism in Sri Lanka 6
  7. 7.  Reasons for Promoting and Encouraging Domestic Tourism  Major Areas That Concern Domestic Tourism  Related facilities  Accommodation & Comfort facilitates  Water & Sanitation  Emergency medical services  Transport  Guiding services Domestic Tourism 7
  8. 8.  Ceylon Tourist Board established in 1966  Beach resorts, ancient cities and mountain region were the main attractions  A large bulk of the tourists was coming from Western Europe  The civil war had adversely affected tourism History 8
  9. 9.  Sri Lanka has established connections with travel and tourism industry partners over the world  Has a 2020 vision of achieving total travelers of 4 million with extended travel nights and revenues  Most sought after travel destination among the UK tourists  Boomed to a new milestone of 1,527,153 arrivals in 2014, which is an increase of 19.8% Current situation 9
  10. 10.  Policy framework to support investors and the industry  Improvements to the regularly framework  Development Guidelines  Transportation Solutions  Developing Industry Professionalism Strategies 10
  11. 11.  Promote lesser known areas using electronic and paper media  Develop staging facilities  Code of ethics for the domestic tourists  Identify the new trends  Improve facilities and make tourists aware of them How to promote 11
  12. 12.  Credit crunch in 2008  Fluctuating oil prices and increased air ticket prices  Unavailability of data regarding tourism  Lack of target group marketing, cohesive marketing strategy and campaign  Unable to cope with the large tourist numbers  High turnover of staff in F&B and other areas of a hotel Challenges 12
  13. 13.  Soft adventure tourism  Health tourism, particularly incorporating the traditional practices of Ayurveda and spa  Combination of national parks linked to cultural attractions offers excellent opportunities for ecotourism Trends 13
  14. 14.  Sri Lanka tourism has to be promoted and is aiming for high growth  Must improve air access, undertake up-market promotion and enhance regional cooperation  Human resource development is required to ensure high service standards Conclusion 14
  15. 15.  Q & A 15
  16. 16.  THANK YOU!!! 16

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