Sri Lanka is emerging as a perfect destination for Omani families to spend their holidays as 47 per cent of the country is still green of which 27 per cent is forest, a senior official from SriLankan Airlines said at a presentation held in Colombo recently.
Lal Perera, who heads the worldwide sales department at the SriLankan Airlines, made the statement while addressing a large number of travel agents and travel writers from Oman and international delegates at the "SriLankan Holidays and SriLankan MICE Conference 2013" held in Negombo.
Elaborating on this, Lakshman Weerasooriya, Country Manager of SriLankan Airlines-Oman, said they have various packages for the Omani tourists visiting Sri Lanka with their families. "That is the reason SriLankan Airlines, in view of the upturn in passenger-flow, has increased the frequency from Muscat with effect from June 18 to six flights a week from earlier four," he said.
With fares starting from OMR119, tour packages could be designed to cater to the needs of different categories of travellers. Last year, close to 3,000 Omanis visited Sri Lanka.
Today the strength of Sri Lanka is its "diversity in compactness," and naturally it is currently a popular destination for business events in the South Asian region and SriLankan Airlines is committed to promote Sri Lanka as one of the best tourist destinations, reported the Times of Oman.
According to Chairman of the SriLankan Airlines, Nishantha Wickremasinghe, "After the end of the war, Sri Lanka has become one of the safest countries to be explored and a popular family holiday getaway. The growing number of tourist arrivals is a good indication of the appeal our wildlife, beaches and hospitality have for them."