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Gulf Cooperation Council steps in to strengthen relations with Sri Lanka

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) has sought to strengthen relations between the GCC and Sri Lanka.

Dr Nayef Falah M.Al Hajraf, Secretary General of the Gulf Cooperation Council, underlined the significance of strengthening the bonds between the GCC and Sri Lanka, and the means to enhance and develop them, in a way that serves common interests.

The Secretary General’s statements came during a meeting with P.M. Amza, Ambassador of the Republic of Sri Lanka to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, on Monday, at the headquarters of the General Secretariat in Riyadh, a GCC statement said.

During the meeting, several issues were discussed, foremost of which were the means of cooperation between the GCC and the Republic of Sri Lanka in various political, economic and tourism fields, in order to accomplish common interests.

They also addressed the latest developments at the regional and international levels.

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau is set to launch a promotional campaign to attract tourists from Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar, as part of an on-going effort to develop the number of tourists visiting the island from the four Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) cities.

As part of the promotional activities Kuwaiti, Bahraini, Omani and Qatari travel agents and tourism professionals will be provided the latest information and updates on Sri Lanka’s touristic offerings through presentations, workshops and a series of business development meetings.

Sri Lanka is one of the preferred destinations for Gulf tourists as it offers a distinctive, adventure-packed, eco-friendly, family-focused experience and offering.

With the country’s rich nature, heritage and culture, year-round schedule of festivals and special events, numerous parks and eco centres, luxury resorts and wellness centres, Sri Lanka has many reasons for GCC families to return to Sri Lanka again and again.

According to Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau “Kuwait, Bahrain, Oman and Qatar remain integral target markets for Sri Lanka’s tourism development.

The upcoming promotional campaign is one of many major activities Sri Lanka tourism conducts to ensure that key international travel agents maintain a close awareness and link with Sri Lanka’s tourism industry partners.

The aim is to mutually expand the business opportunities between both, while offering their clients quality tourism experiences.

Through the promotion campaign in four GCC countries , bureau’s expectations are that travel to Sri Lanka from these markets will continue to grow and thrive, reinforcing Sri Lanka’s status as a world-class destination for eco-tourism, cultural and family tourism.

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