The 100,000th Chinese tourist to visit Sri Lanka in 2014 was welcomed at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake on Saturday by Sri Lanka Tourism Chairman Bashwara Gunaratne.
Ha Yeon and Chen Yu Hua from Shanghai arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport by UL 867. Speaking to the media, they said that they decided to visit Sri Lanka when they saw the publicity programs and bus branding by Sri Lanka Tourism in the city of Shanghau.
Once they had taken the decision to visit Sri Lanka, they had obtained a tourist package from the travel agency called the China Merchant International Travel. China Merchant International Travel agency in collaboration with Deluxe Vacations in Sri Lanka has already sent 25 Chinese tourists including these two to Sri Lanka.
Another significant event was presenting Ha Yeon and Chen Yu Hua with a five-day package including accommodation at a high class hotel and air tickets to enable them to re-visit Sri Lanka. Ha Yeon is the General Manager of a reputed beauty products company.
According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Sri Lanka’s Chinese tourist arrivals have increased by 140% compared to last year.