Sri Lanka – Korea Business Council (SLKBC) urges the Tourism Promotion Bureau to target South Korea’s outbound tourism market to attract high-spending tourists to the country.
“The Per Capita income in Korea is around $ 30000 which is one of the highest in the world and usually around 20% of Koreans Travel Overseas annually on vacation. This is a market that our Tourism Promotion Bureau should target,” SLKBC President and Alpha Tours Ltd Managing Director Priyantha Mendis said addressing the 26th AGM of the Association recently.
He pointed out that theSouth Korean Tourist arrivals jumped to 16,000
last year from around 4000 earlier, With the commencement of direct services of Korea National Flag Carrier Korean Air to Sri Lanka in 2013.
” Korean Air temporarily suspends its scheduled services in
mid of March 2020 due to Covid 19 Pandemic situation and will recommence its operations when the situation improves here and in Korea” he said.
Mendis further reiterated that the main objectives of the Council are to promote trade and tourism between Sri Lanka and Korea, promote investment to Sri Lanka and encourage joint ventures, and conduct joint meetings with Korean business organizations between the two countries.
The SLKBC of the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce was inaugurated on 4th November 1982, in Colombo, Sri Lanka at the request of the late Minister Lalith Athulathmudali with the objective of promoting trade, investments, tourism and services between Sri Lanka and Korea.