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SL to attract tourists from Indonesia amidst tourist arrival hike in June

In a fresh move to attract more tourists amidst the increased tourist arrivals in June ,Sri Tourism Promotion Bureau to promote the ialsnd nation as a potential tourist destination among the Indonesian public.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Indonesia in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau organized a Sri Lanka tourism promotion event on 24-25 June 2022 at the Bundaran HI MRT Station in Jakarta, the main hub in the Jakarta MRT ( Mass Rapid Transit) System, 9,842 people travel through this station every week day and 10,470 on a Saturday.

The Embassy organized this event to create awareness of Sri Lanka as a potential tourist destination among the Indonesian public.

Fifty photos depicting historical monuments, natural wonders, Sri Lankan exports and delicious cuisine were displayed and an interactive booth was organized to answer questions raised by the visitors. Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of Indonesia Sandiago Uno visited the event and showed a lot of interest in Sri Lanka as a ‘must visit’ destination.

At the opening ceremony, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Indonesia and ASEAN Yasoja Gunasekera highlighted the diversity of experiences Sri Lanka offers a discerning traveller.

Operation and Maintenance Director of the PT.MRT Jakarta Muhammad Effendi expressed appreciation to the Embassy for organizing the event at the Bundaran HI MRT Station.

Tourist arrivals in June increased by 8.8% to 32,865 from the lowest 30,207 in May despite the ongoing economic crisis, whilst surpassing the 400,000 mark in the first half.

The slight uptick in arrivals was largely influenced by the Australia tour of Sri Lanka which commenced in early June.

Arrivals in the first six months amounted to 411,377 (as against 17,000 in COVID-hit 1H of 2021), a welcome development for the triple-hit tourism industry but performance is still down by 50% compared to the same period in pre-COVID.

In June, the largest source markets were India with 6,650 tourists or 21% of the total arrivals, followed by the UK with 3,199 tourists (10%), and Australia with 2,448 (8%), the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

It also showed that the daily average arrivals have slightly picked up to 1,095 in June, compared to 974 recorded in May.

The highest daily average arrivals in March was over 3,600 and it dropped to 2,099 by the end of April following the economic crisis and political turmoil.

India also stood strong as the top tourist source market for Sri Lanka YTD with cumulative number of arrivals at 68,601, followed by UK 49,453, Russia with 46,337, Germany 33,373, France 21,683, Australia 14,476, Ukraine 13,781, Canada 12,968, Poland 12,709, and US 11,626.

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