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Sri Lanka aims to attract more travelers from Qatar

Sri Lanka aims to attract more visitors from Qatar as it offers a wealth of tourism and a safe health environment, said Sri Lankan Ambassador to the State of Qatar Mafaz Mohideen.

Sri Lanka opened its borders in January 2021 and now welcomes vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers by strictly adhering to national health guidelines based on the pandemic situation, he added.

“We aim to attract more holidaymakers form Qatar with a wide range of offerings, from breathtaking scenery and pristine beaches to active adventure and wildlife safari in a safe environment,” he said.

“In the pre-pandemic times an average of 1,000 to 1,200 tourists used to travel to Sri Lanka from Qatar. However, we see a greater interest among many to travel to Sri Lanka and we would like to see them taking the opportunity and enjoy the hospitality, culture, tourist attractions and everything that an enthusiastic traveler will need,” E Mafaz said.

He said that Sri Lanka’s 90 percent eligible population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and the country is in the phase of administering booster doses.

“The high vaccination rate has protected the community from the severe COVID-19 situation and it gives a safe environment for the travelers,” he said.

Another area that is favourable for travelers from Qatar is increased air connectivity with Sri Lanka. Srilankan Airlines, the national carrier of Sri Lanka operates daily flights to Colombo and Qatar Airways operates an average of four flights daily.

Another initiative of State Tourism Ministry to uplift the tourism sector in Sri Lanka, a MoU has been inked recently between the State Tourism Ministry of Sri Lanka and Tawfeeq Travel, one of the largest travel management and promotion corporate in Qatar to bring one million of high-end tourists from the Middle East region to Sri Lanka within next 24 months, during the year 2023 and 2024.

A grand ceremony was held amongst a large gathering from the industry, business community and media at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel with the State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage as the Chief Guest.

Qatar Tawfeeq Travel CEO Syed Rehan Ali and State Tourism Ministry Coordinating Secretary Dr. Arosha Fernando signed the MoU representing both Qatar and Sri Lanka at an auspicious time.

Further, Tawfeeq Travel has pledged to invest in the tourism and hospitality sector in Sri Lanka in the future, and confirmed an investment of $ 3 million immediately to the sector to be invested through the State Tourism Ministry.

The ministry has highly appreciated the commendable work which has been undertaken by the State Minister of Tourism Diana Gamage up to date in reviving the tourism sector in Sri Lanka

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