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The Tourism sector in Sri Lanka is growing rapidly. For centuries, Sri Lanka has been a popular destination attracting foreign travellers as Sri Lanka offers varied attractions from golden beaches to rare unique wildlife, breathtaking landscapes and a rich cultural heritage. In the present context, with economic reform policies of the Sri Lanka Government, at a time when the country is experiencing a massive development drive and many investors seeking business opportunities, Sri Lanka's potential as a MICE destination has positively improved. Connectivity, availability of modern conference facilities, hotels that are of international standards, modern banking facilities, are those among the incentives to attract Sri Lanka as a MICE destination. Tourism in Sri Lanka has surged to new heights with over 2 million arrivals in 2016, which is an increase of 14.0 per cent over last year's 1.8 million arrivals.

-H.E. Mrs Chitranganee Wagiswara, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India

MARCH 2017


Sri Lanka today is an attractive hub for trade and international investment, lying on major shipping and air routes, with easy access to the markets of Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Moreover the country has a literate work force, good infrastructure, and relatively low wages. Sri Lanka was ranked 110th out of 190 in the World Bank's "Ease of Doing Business" report for 2016. The Colombo Stock Exchange experienced record inflows in rupee terms. Sri Lanka is increasingly becoming popular with the international investment community. Logistics, infrastructure, real estate, IT/BPM, tourism, agriculture and fisheries, export manufacturing and education have been identified as the potential sectors for investment.

-H.E. Mrs Chitranganee Wagiswara, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to India