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Russia is in the TOP-3 countries in inbound tourism in Sri Lanka
Foreign tourist flow to Sri Lanka in the first quarter of 2020 decreased by 31,5% (to 507,3 thousand people) compared with the same period a year earlier, while Russia entered the TOP-3.
Tour operators appreciated the decision of the authorities of Sri Lanka to introduce mandatory electronic visas
Tour operators believe that the introduction of preliminary electronic visas by the Sri Lankan authorities will not have a significant impact on the flow of tourists to the country.
Sri Lanka plans to host 100 thousand tourists from Russia with the help of Rossiya airline
According to the results of 2019, the tourist flow from Russia to Sri Lanka increased by 34,2%, setting a historical record. Last year, the arrivals of the Russians exceeded for the first time the best pre-crisis figures of 2014.
An electronic visa to Sri Lanka is free for Russians from February 26 until April 30
The Sri Lankan diplomatic mission in Moscow confirmed that they were informed on the extension of the free entry format, which was introduced in August 2019.
Tour operators have found a replacement for Hainan
On February 19, tour operators spoke about an alternative for the island of Hainan that they are ready to offer Russian tourists.
Tourist flow from Russia to Sri Lanka in 2019 reached a historical maximum
The tourist flow to Sri Lanka from Russia in 2019 reached a historic maximum, exceeding 86,5 thousand people.
Sri Lanka is in trend again
The situation with tourism in Sri Lanka is beginning to improve. Russia is the only country, the arrival of tourists from which showed growth.
Tour operators: demand for New Year's exotic is 15 times higher than for tours in the low season
The desire to spend the New Year on exotic islands is increasing among Russians despite on the economic situation. A lot of hotels offer accommodation for New Year dates on favorable conditions.
Plus 86%: Russian tourists in Sri Lanka are the only ones who showed growth
Russia was the only country in October, the arrival of tourists from which showed growth. The growth of Russian tourists in Sri Lanka in October amounted to 86%, these are 5 761 Russians who chose the beaches of this island for holidays.
Sri Lanka hotels reduced prices for Russians
Experts note a recovery of demand for Sri Lankan destination after a series of terrorist attacks that occurred in April of this year.
Tui Russia terminated a flight program to Sri Lanka
Tui Russia has changed the previously announced flight program to Colombo Airport.
Tour operators note increased demand for tours in November
In mid-October tour operators named the most popular destinations for the November holidays. At the peak of popularity are Turkey, the UAE, Cyprus, Italy, Israel, Jordan, Sri Lanka and Cuba.
Tui Russia launches charters to Sri Lanka
The second major “charter player” has appeared on the Sri Lankan destination this winter season. The tour operator Tui Russia told details about its charter program for this island and hotel assortment in Sri Lanka.
Interest of Russians to Sri Lanka has increased after visa cancellations
The interest of Russian tourists in holidays in Sri Lanka has grown significantly due to lower prices in hotels and the abolition of visas. Tourist flow is recovering from the April attacks on the island.
Sri-Lanka starts issuing visas on arrival
Minister of tourism and religion of Sri-Lanka declared that the country would start issuing visas on arrival for tourists of 45 countries, including Russia. The measure has been taken because of the serious decline of tourists' flow after the terrorists’ attack in April 2019. Initially it was planned to start on 01.05.2019, but it was paused on security reasons. The new visa rules entered into force on 01.08.2019 and act during six months.
Aeroflot again cancels flights to Sri Lanka
Aeroflot Airlines has notified partners about the cancellation of the flight program to Colombo from the beginning of September till the end of October 2019. The carrier offers passengers a refund, tour operators are looking for alternative flights.
Tour operators will increase the number of charter flights to Sri Lanka
ANEX Tour operator will increase the number of flights to Sri Lanka. The departures from Moscow are scheduled twice a week since October 26, from Yekaterinburg – each 13 night. Transportation from St. Petersburg is added for the first time - once in 12 nights. “The past season has shown excellent results, in connection with this fact it was decided to expand the flight program,” the tour operator informed.
Rossia Airlines continues operating direct flights to Sri Lanka
“Airplanes of Rossia Airlines (part of Aeroflot Group) resume direct flights on the route Moscow (Sheremetyevo) – Colombo (Sri Lanka),” the press-service of the airline reported. “The direct flights to the biggest city of Sri Lanka are conducted from Sheremetyevo International Airport.
Sri Lanka plans to return Russian tourists after attacks
Sri Lanka’s tour operators are slashing hotel rates and pushing promotions in key markets like Russia to woo visitors back to its deserted beaches after deadly Easter bombings battered the island country’s tourism industry, Business Standard reports.
Russian tourist flow to the exotic islands of the Indian Ocean grew by 14.6%
In the first quarter of 2019 the Russian tourist flow to the exotic island destinations of the Indian Ocean continued to grow. In total, for the first quarter of 2019 73,764 tourists from the Russian Federation visited the exotic island destinations of the Indian Ocean - the Seychelles, Maldives, Mauritius and Sri Lanka, which is 14.57% more than a year earlier.
How did the tourist flow change in popular destinations for the 1 quarter of 2019?
Aeroflot cancels flights to Sri Lanka and Bali
According to the schedule on the Aeroflot website, the flights operated by Rossia Airlines (part of Aeroflot group) from Moscow to Colombo (Sri Lanka) and Denpasar (Indonesia, Bali Island), will be canceled after May 11 until July 2019. Tourists are offered a refund "within 30 days."
Tour operators sopped selling tours to Sri Lanka
Since April 23, travel service providers have suspended the sale of new tours and ground handling services in Sri Lanka - but there is no demand for them. At the same time, tourists who have already bought tours to this country are not in a hurry to cancel their paid reservations.
The charter programs of tour operators to Sri Lanka
The charter flight programs of tour operators to Sri Lanka start in late October. The programs were announced by two tour operators: ANEX Tour and Coral Travel. ANEX Tour will fly to Sri Lanka from Moscow with a frequency of one time per 10/11 nights, and since December 28, 2018 a second chain has been added once in 10/11 nights.