Business and Economics
Several new Chinese airlines to touch Sri Lanka from April

Several new Chinese airlines will start flying to Sri Lanka from April, Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chalaka Gajabahu said.

He said that Sri Lanka is now open for Chinese tourists and already SriLankan airlines have recommended flights. “We expect new Chinese airlines to operate flights to Sri Lanka from April this year which will help to increase Chinese arrivals,” he said during the sidelines of the launch of Sancharaka Udawa which will be held on May 19 to 20 at BMICH. He said that they will also soon launch the destination marketing campaign and look at a new tag line to replace ‘So Sri Lanka.’ “But this time we will make sure to keep it permanent for some time rather than changing it frequently.”

He said that they have identified 9 key markets like India, Australia, Russia and Europe for this campaign due to limited budgets. “In addition we will also host many FAM tours and bring in influencers to market Sri Lanka as a destination.”

BOI enterprises generate USD 8.7 Bn export revenue in 2022

The Board of Investment (BOI) enterprises have shown resilience and contributed to the national economy by generating a sum of USD 8.7 billion through merchandise exports, pulling in 8% of growth compared to the year 2021.

This is Irrespective of the economic meltdown with the gross domestic product (GDP) contracting by 11.8% in 2022, Taking a look at the statistics about the merchandise exports, the BOI enterprises have contributed 99% of national garment exports, 81% of national textile exports, 93% of national leather, travel goods, and footwear exports, 83% of national machinery & mechanical appliances exports, 88% of national printing industry products exports and 81% of national transport equipment exports.

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Arpico retail outlet opens in Piliyandala

The Arpico retail chain has further expanded its extensive footprint in Sri Lanka by launching the 26th Arpico Daily Supermarket in Piliyandala, Mawiththara, on February 17.

This new supermarket, which is the 57th Arpico Retail Outlet overall, offers a convenient shopping experience for the residents of Piliyandala and the thousands of people who pass through daily.

The newly opened Arpico Daily Supermarket at Mawiththara, Piliyandala, offers all your daily needs under one roof. Arpico Daily Supermarkets are a network of smaller, more accessible “friendly, neighborhood” outlets, that provide the best values and deals, along with plenty of convenience.

Customers can also enroll for the Arpico Privilege loyalty programme, which is the highest rewarding loyalty platform in Sri Lanka offering 01 point for every Rs 200 you spend.

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