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New secretary assumed duties………

Mr. Esala Weerakoon, member of the Sri Lanka Foreign Service has been appointed as the Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs by H.E. the...

2017-08-16Continue Reading »


Certificate Awarding Ceremony of the three (03) months Hospitality Training Programme.

The Certificate Awarding ceremony of the above programme was held at the...

2017-03-21Continue Reading »


Tourism Fest 2016 To Cap Record Breaking Year

The upcoming festive season will be one to look forward to with the Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs making plans to attract both foreign and local tourists to th...

2016-11-01Continue Reading »


French Travel Agents' Congress 2016 in Colombo

Speech delivered by the Minister of Tourism Development, Christian Religious Affairs and Lands, Hon. John Amaratunga at the JEV Congress 2016 in Colombo on October 31st, 2016.

As the Minister of Tourism ...

2016-10-31Continue Reading »


Destination marketing programme next year

Speech delivered by the Minister of Tourism development, Christian Religious Affairs and Lands, Hon. John Amaratunga at the 51st Anniversary Celebration of Hoteliers Association of Sri Lanka on October 24 in Colombo....

2016-10-26Continue Reading »


Sri Lanka wows Japan Tourism Expo

Sri Lanka Tourism showcased the Sri Lankan prestige at the JATA Tourism Expo 2016 at Tokyo Big Sight which was held from 22 to 25 September. It was held under the patronage of Sri Lankan Ambassador to Japan Dhammika Ganganat...

2016-10-22Continue Reading »


Sri Lanka Ready For Luxury Cruise Tourism

Sri Lanka is ready for upmarket luxury tourism and should capitalize on it said an authority on global cruise tourism. Vice President, Deployment of Crystal Cruises, USA, Claudius Docekal made this observation during...

2016-10-20Continue Reading »


Focus on Chinese Tourists

National tour guides handling inbound Chinese tourists met the Minister of Tourism Development, Christian Religious Affairs and Lands, Hon. John Amaratunga at the Ministry today. The tour guides explained to the Minister various iss...

2016-10-11Continue Reading »


Sri Lanka's tourism heads for a record

Sri Lanka aims to make a record USD3.5 billion from tourism this year on the back of its improved rights record under a new government after years of ethnic war, its Tourism Minister said Monday.

Tourism on the ...

2016-10-11Continue Reading »


Asian Bishops' Conference in Sri Lanka

A cheque for Rs. 10 million was handed over to the Catholic Church in Sri Lanka to be used towards hosting the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conference from the 28th of November to the 4th of December in Negombo.

2016-09-29Continue Reading »


World Tourism Day 2016 - Renewed focus on access for all

Sri Lanka Tourism celebrated World Tourism Day on September 27th, 2016 focusing on the UNWTO’s theme for this year, “Tourism for all – Promoting Universal Accessibility.”

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2016-09-27Continue Reading »


Sri Lanka shines at Top Résa Méga Travel Fair in Paris

The Sri Lanka Pavillion was a popular attraction at the Top Résa Méga Travel Fair 2016 in Paris. 

Minister of Tourism Development, Christian Religious Affairs an...

2016-09-21Continue Reading »


Top Priority For French Travel Congress

The Government of Sri Lanka has given top priority to the JEV Congress that is to be held in Colombo from October 31st to November 4th, 2016, Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga stated in Paris, France last (1...

2016-09-20Continue Reading »


Accolades for Sri Lanka Tourism in China

The Sri Lanka Tourism Pavilion was adjudged the Best Designed Pavilion and Sri Lanka Tourism secured the Most Popular Destination Award at the China Xian Silk Road International Tourism Expo (CXSRITE) 2016 which was h...

2016-09-08Continue Reading »


Sri Lanka is ready for investment

Speech delivered by the Hon. Minister of Tourism Development, John Amaratunga at the Hospitality Investment Conferenece Indian Ocean held in Colombo on August 24, 2016

Firstly I would like to congratulate Sphere Conf...

2016-08-23Continue Reading »


Tourist arrivals hit all-time high in July

Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka hit an all-time high in July this year. The number of arrivals which clocked 209,351, represented a growth of 19.1 percent compared to July last year and is the highest number recorded ...

2016-08-20Continue Reading »


Sri Lanka and Tanzania to expand business relations

Sri Lanka and Tanzania opened a new chapter in business and investment promotion between the two countries with the launch of the Sri Lanka Tanza...

2016-08-09Continue Reading »


Minimum Room Rates Will Be Abolished Next Year

The minimum room rates imposed on city hotels will be abolished with the end of the next winter season. Tourism Development, Lands and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga has decided to abolish ...

2016-07-28Continue Reading »


Biggest ever Hotel Show an indicator of tourism potential

The 11th Edition of Hotel Show 2016 was declared open by Minister of Tourism Development, Christian Religious Affairs and Lands, Hon. John Amaratunga at the BMICH on July 22. According to the org...

2016-07-22Continue Reading »


UNWTO Conference A Catalyst In East Coast’s Revival

The United Nations World Tourism Organisation conference on "Tourism:...

2016-07-14Continue Reading »


Peace dividend is revival of tourism in N&E - Minister

Speech delivered by the Minister o...

2016-07-12Continue Reading »


UNWTO Conference in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is celebrating its Golden Jubilee of planned tourism this year. In 1967, a year a...

2016-07-01Continue Reading »


New Hotel School Opened In Polonnaruwa

A new branch of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management was opened in Polonnaruwa on J...

2016-06-30Continue Reading »


Highest number of SLITHM Graduates enter hospitality industry in 2016

The Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) formerly known as the Ceylon Hotel School held its 37th Graduation Ceremony at the BMICH in Colombo recen...

2016-06-27Continue Reading »


Sri Lanka woos German tourists and investors

With the expansion bilateral ties between Sri Lanka and Germany following the recent State visit to Germany by President MaithripalaSirisena, Tourism Minister John Amaratunga invited G...

2016-06-11Continue Reading »


Cabinet approves a programme to promote domestic tourism "Adaraneeya Sri Lanka"

The Cabinet of Ministers on a recommendation made by Hon. John Amarathunga, Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious affairs has grant...

2016-06-10Continue Reading »


A New Entrance to Wilpattu National Park

A new entry point to the Wilpattu National Park at Eluwankulamawas declared opened on March, 17 2016. This establishes a direct link between Kalpitiya and the Wilpattu National Park and le...

2016-06-09Continue Reading »


Sri Lanka at World’s Main Travel show

The Sri Lanka Pavilion at the ITB Travel tour in Berlin Germanywas organized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Brandswasa big draw The world’s largest travel and trade show, ITB washeld in Berli...

2016-06-09Continue Reading »


Aggressive Campaign To Attract Russian Tourists

The Ministry of Tourism Development conducted an aggressive promotional campaign in the Russian capital Moscow last week. The campaign was spearheaded by Minister of Tourism Develop...

2016-06-08Continue Reading »


Visit of Hon. Minister of Tourism John Amaratunga to the Russian Federation 17-20 February, 2016

Meeting with Mr. Sergey Evgenievich Korneev, Deputy Head of Federal Agency for Tourism (Rostourism) in charge of International Cooperation and Mr. Yury Alexandro...

2016-06-08Continue Reading »


Sri Lanka Tourism Partners Marco Pierre Challenge

Minister of Tourism Development, John Amaratunga was the Chief Guest at the Grand Finale. The Guest of Honour was the British High Commissioner in Sri Lanka, James Dauris. Among t...

2016-06-07Continue Reading »


Tourism Ministry calls for revamping of Tourist Police

The Ministry of Tourism Development is concerned by recent media reports on the exploitation and harassment of foreign tourists. This is in a backdrop where the Ministry has ...

2016-06-07Continue Reading »


Sri Lanka and Thailand sign a MOU Joint Action Programme on Tourism

Sri Lanka and Thailand signed a joint action program for the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on bilateral cooperation in theof tourism at...

2016-06-06Continue Reading »


Sri Lanka Wins the Bid to Hold Annual Congress of the National Union Of Travel Agents in France in Sri Lanka - 2016

Based on a Bid submitted by the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau functioning under the Ministry of Tourism Development...

2016-06-06Continue Reading »