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Sri Lankan Ministers Promoting Tourism In Japan

External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L. Peiris and Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa have expressed their desire to invite a team of Japan Association of Travel Agents (JATA) officials to Sri Lanka and experience first-hand the present situation.

The ministers have made this comment during a meeting with JATA Chairman Akira Kanai.

The Sri Lankan embassy in Japan said the Ministers had emphasized that since the UK and US travel advisories on Sri Lanka have now been relaxed, they wish to invite a team of JATA officials to visit Sri Lanka and experience first-hand the present situation.

They had informed that the Sri Lanka Tourism Authority is now concentrating on new areas of interest for tourists visiting Sri Lanka, which are mainly, eco tourism, religious tourism and certain specialized areas such as ayurveda.

However, Kanai had in response said that the Japanese public needs more awareness on Sri Lanka as a travel destination, and that Japanese visitors are very concerned about Japanese food and Japanese language when visiting a destination and these are the areas that need attention when attracting Japanese tourists to Sri Lanka.

Peiris and Rajapaksa are currently on an official tour to Japan till July 30th.

3 Comments for “Sri Lankan Ministers Promoting Tourism In Japan”

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    • Monk

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  2. Marlon

    Who or what is this’ Travel Srilanka’? If you want to promote a tour operator or a travel agent place an advertistment seperatly. There are so many other Travel agents there in Srilanka with some vast international experience and expertise. Jetwing is a mediocre operator for average and budgeted clients. Lighthouse is the only big hotel that jetwing got and the rest are normal small hotels (some are badly rundown & needs refurbishment).

    External Affairs Minister and Economic Development Minister promoting SL?? where is the Tourism Minister? Doesnt it sound the typical UPFA/MR style way of doing things – wrong people, wrong way & mixing up priorities.

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