Sri Lanka says it is keen to facilitate visits by more Chinese tourists to the country.
Tourism Minister John Amaratunga told Asia Pacific Focus that his Ministry will assist travel agencies in China to bring down more Chinese tourists to the country.
On issue Sri Lanka is facing however is a shortage of Chinese speaking officials and tour guides to assist Chinese tourists.
John Amaratunga said that Sri Lanka needs more Chinese translators and hopes to train more Sri Lankans in the Chinese language.
“When Chinese tourists visit Sri Lanka a local guide must go with them. That is the law. So they must be in a position to speak and understand Chinese,” Amaratunga said.
The Tourism Minister said that Sri Lanka takes part in key travel events in China in order to promote Sri Lanka as a destination to visit.
“I was also in China recently and I met travel agents,” he said.
Amaratunga also said that Sri Lanka fully supports the One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative of China.
He said the OBOR initiative has helped bring more Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka.
The Minister said OBOR has also seen a major role played by China in investments in Sri Lanka.
“China is involved in the port city project and Hambantota port and also road projects and other development work,” he said.