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November 2019 Updates

On-Ground Updates

29 November 2019

  • Sri Lanka Visa update
    There are 48 countries applicable for the ETA fee waiver program, you still need to apply for a visa via and it will be issued free of charge. Please be warned and take note of the following websites listed below who have been identified as scams.

21 November 2019

  • Colombo City Tourist Hotels Association (CCTHA) unites to promote sustainable tourism in Sri Lanka
    The CCTHA yesterday announced its pledge to eliminate the use of single-use plastic to preserve Sri Lanka’s appeal as a top tourist destination….Consisting of 37 hotels, they reached an agreement to identify key items within their hotel operations that can be substituted by sustainable products, for a unified approach to resolve the need for single-use plastic. Read more via DailyFT online.

13 November 2019

  • Sri Lanka’s presidential election: what you need to know
    Sri Lanka goes to the polls on Saturday for a presidential election that will be a decisive moment for its future. Read more via The Guardian.

13 November 2019

  • Jaffna International Airport commences commercial flight operations
    Sri Lanka’s third and newest international airport, the Jaffna International Airport (JIA), has commenced international commercial flight operations from 11 November 2019…beginning scheduled flights weekly from Jaffna to Chennai. Read more via Business English Adadarena.

12 November 2019

  • G Adventures names its top destination picks for 2020
    G Adventures has tapped 12 unexplored and rediscovered destinations alongside a slew of old favourites in its where to travel list for 2020. Read more via Travel Weekly Australia.

5 November 2019

  • Sri Lanka Tourism, premier partner of WTM
    This is the appropriate time to be a premier partner when Sri Lanka Tourism is going through a recovery period after the Easter Sunday Bombings. The WTM would be attend by over 50,000 travel decision makers or buyers and they would carry a positive image on Sri Lanka. Read more via Daily News LK.

4 November 2019

  • Boost to Sri Lanka tourism as Polish Airlines begins flights to Colombo
    The schedule of flights between Warsaw and Colombo has been planned in a way that provides passengers with the shortest flight with one short transfer (50 minutes) at the Chopin Airport in Warsaw. Read more via the Colombo Gazette.

4 November 2019

  • Sri Lanka kicks off key tourism push at WTM today
    Sri Lanka will kick off its biggest on-site tourism promotion post Easter Sunday tragedy at the three-day World Travel Market (WTM) beginning today in London. Read more via Daily FT.

1 November 2019

  • The second coming of a paradise island: How Sri Lanka bounced back from crisis
    …But, against strong odds — exacerbated by the fact Sri Lanka had just a decade earlier emerged from a bloody 26-year civil war between government forces and Tamil Tiger rebels in the island’s north — the country has begun to reestablish itself as a prime destination. Read more via CNN.