The owners and managers of properties within the Unique Sri Lanka Collection were in Sydney this week to showcase their hotels and villas to local partners. Members of the group include KK Collection, Why House, Teardrop Hotels, Manor House Concepts and Water Garden Sigiriya.
A division of The Unique Tourism Collection, the Unique Sri Lanka Collection comprises properties within national parks, to tea covered hillsides, each sharing exceptional reputations and offering the very best Sri Lankan experience. They were in Sydney to provide an update on their respective businesses following the terror attacks in Easter.
Sri Lanka has already witnessed a steep resurgence in visitor numbers since the April incidents, with official arrival figures showing a nearly doubling each month. In May, Sri Lanka welcomed close to 38,000 international travellers, down 71% on the corresponding month in 2018. That number rose to 63,000 in June (down 57% year-on-year) and last month [July], the figure was 115,701 (down 46.9% year-on-year).
According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Australia was Sri Lanka’s seventh largest source market in July with over 5,600 arrivals – that’s up 1,200 visitors on the June number. The figure is still down 36% on the same time last year, but is a near 20 percentage point improvement on June 2019. Ahead of Australia in July were India, the UK, Germany, France, China and the Netherlands – markets which all recorded significant improvements compared to the month prior.
In a further bid to reignite interest in the country, the Sri Lankan Government has waived its tourism visa fee for a six-month period, after which time it will reassess the policy.
Mario Stubbs from the KK (Kahanda Kanda) Collection said that Sri Lanka is starting to see a resurgence in visitor numbers following the incidents at Easter. Stubbs said that while there were some cancellations by guests, especially in the peak season, the ‘bounce back’ has begun. He said that Australia is producing more than a quarter of KK Collection’s business.
“Australians have been very supportive,” Stubbs said, adding that this market is now a top 3 source.
Supporting the growing tide of new interest in Sri Lanka, the Unique Sri Lanka Collection members have released a Pay 3, Stay 4 promotion*. The offer is valid for stays until 1 September 2020.
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Lead image: Henry Fitch, Teardrop Hotels; Henrietta Cottam, Why House; George Cooper, KK Collection; Rohen Wijeyesekera, Water Garden, Sigiriya and Mario Stubbs, KK Collection.