ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is expecting more Polish tourists after the country’s airline, LOT will begin flights in December in partnership with Rainbow, a tour operator, the Indian Ocean island’s tourism promotion office said.
From December 7 LOT will fly directly twice a week to Sri Lanka until the end of the Winter season.
The tourism office said before the pandemic Sri Lanka had welcomed 20,000 polish tourists per annum in 2019 and 2018 on direct flights.
“Polish travellers seek tropical destinations under the sun to escape the height of winter – and Sri Lanka is widely expected to be their first choice in December 2021 due to the easy accessibility with direct flights,” Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) said.
LOT Polish has partnered with Rainbow, one of the top three Polish tour operators, to promote Sri Lanka as the premier destination for Polish and other European visitors.
“Direct air connectivity is imperative to develop trade and tourism between two nations and to this end, Sri Lanka Tourism is identifying source markets to improve connectivity from where more tourist numbers could be generated,” SLTPB said.
Sri Lanka has vaccinated over 61 per cent of the total population.
“The high vaccine rate amongst the general population including the tourism industry has created a sense of security for travellers and arrivals are already seeing an uptick,” SLTB said.
“These statistics have enabled Sri Lanka to move off the UK Red List along with receiving clearance from many other countries for travel.” (Colombo/Nov08/2021)