Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, in collaboration with Airport and Aviation Services organized a special ceremony to celebrate 100,000 tourist arrivals from Russian Federation through direct flights. This was held at the BIA on 17th July by welcoming the passengers and crew arrived by Aeroflot flight from Moscow. A total of 100,298 Russian tourists were brought in to Sri Lanka jointly by Aeroflot, Azur Air and Redwings since 10th October 2022. As of July, Russia has become the second highest source market for Sri Lanka. The visitors and invitees were given a warm welcome by Tourism Information Centre officials of SLTPB and were escorted to the Lotus lounge with a cultural performance by a traditional dance troupe, which was highly enjoyed by the Russian tourists. The distinguished guests at this occasion included H.E Levan. Dzhagaryan, Russian Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr. G.A Chandrasiri, Chairman, Airport and Aviation Services Mr. Thisum Jayasuriya , Chairman , Sri Lanka Convention Bureau , Mr. Udayanga Weeratunga , Former Sri Lankan Ambassador to Russia, along with Mr. Thilak Weerasinghe , (LSR) , Mr. Rushan Fruard , (Exotic Holidays International), Mr. Kamal Deshapriya (Ceylon My dream) who contributed as Industry stakeholders for this direct flight operations . Captain Ermolaev Vladmir Vlaimirovich and crew of Aeroflot, together with Tourism and Aviation officials and Media attended this event.
Mr. G.A Chandrasiri , Chairman , Airport and Aviation Services made the welcoming speech and mentioned that with the increase of tourist arrivals from Russia to Sri Lanka, it shows that the hospitality , culture , and the traditional ways of Sri Lankan people are accepted by Russians. He thanked all the Tourism and aviation officials, Industry stakeholders who supported in this endeavor, to make this effort a success.
Mr. Thisum Jayasuriya , Chairman , SLCB also spoke on the occasion, by highlighting that Sri Lanka can now see a considerable change in the influx of tourist arrivals which is received on a daily basis.
Captain Ermolaev Vladmir Vlaimirovich also expressed his thanks and gratitude to the hospitality shown by the Sri Lankans and how impressive Sri Lanka is as a travel destination.
This initiative is seen as a positive outcome of the continuous efforts done by Sri Lanka Tourism to promote the Russian market, strengthening its Bilateral and Economical ties between the two nations, making Russia one of the most successful economic contributors in enhancing its Tourism. The positive message spread by the Russian passengers will further encourage more Russian tourists to visit Sri Lanka, for their next vacation.
Tourism Information Centre officials with awaiting the arrival of guests
Giving a traditional welcome
The distinguished guests with the Airline crew
Mr. G.A Chandrasiri ,Chairman , Airport and Aviation Services giving the welcoming speech
Captain Ermolaev Vladmir Vladimirovich addressing the gathering
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