Beijing: Sri Lanka’s national carrier will support a campaign to promote India as a must-see destination for Chinese and Japanese tourists by offering flexible and convenient flight schedules, a senior company official said.
“One of the things that I discussed with my team here is how we should focus on India,” regional manager of SriLankan Airlines (Far East and Asia Pacific), Kaushal Seneviratne, said.
“Our focus so far has been on traffic to Colombo, Maldives, some to Europe and Thailand. I have asked our office here to try and put a bit more focus on tourism in India on as well as on the ethnic Indian community,” he said.
“I know there is not a big Indian ethnic community, but whatever is there, we really want to work closely with them. In all the markets where we are, we work closely with the ethnic Indian community than the other national carriers,” he said.
Seneviratne said, “our focus is on India. Actually, our last year’s worldwide conference is entitled ‘India, India, India´. So you can see that the message to the field is very clear. Your future is in India,” he said while acknowledging that the strife in Sri Lanka is hurting the country’s tourism sector.
“We have seen that the Indian and Chinese governments have decided to mark 2007 as the India-China Year of Friendship Through Tourism,” he said, referring to the year-long activities decided by New Delhi and Beijing to enhance people-to-people understanding.