Sri Lankan Ambassador to China Dr. Palitha Kohona
The Sri Lankan Embassy in Beijing, together with SriLankan Airlines, recently met with representatives of the Chinese travel industry at a town hall.
The meeting saw the participation of 60 guests, including tour operators, major travel agencies and media staff. Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to China, Dr Palitha Kohona, drew their attention to the unique experiences Sri Lanka has to offer.
Non-traditional attractions of Sri Lanka were highlighted, such as indigenous medicine, as well as exciting adventure opportunities for young travelers, including rafting, water skiing, kitesurfing, hiking, hot air ballooning, l whale watching, horseback riding and safari. Sri Lanka is blessed with lush greenery and a warm climate all year round, Ambassador Kohona noted.
He expected more Chinese tourists to visit Sri Lanka when China’s border control measures are relaxed. He said the embassy had already started talks with several Chinese airlines to improve air connectivity between the two countries. He hopes to meet all the major tour operators in the future.
SriLankan Airlines Regional Manager Chinthaka Weerasinghe briefed the assembly on health protocols and in-flight services offered by SriLankan Airlines. He said SriLankan Airlines would increase the frequency of its flights to China, depending on demand.
During the event, travel agents including Spring Travel shared their experiences of the beauty of Sri Lanka. Prior to the start of the official event, videos from Sri Lanka and SriLankan Airlines were shown.
Ambassador Kohona and Weerasinghe responded to a series of questions posed by participants.