Sri Lanka Tourism Ambassador Sanath Jayasuriya

Sri Lanka Tourism Ambassador Sanath Jayasuriya

Sanath Jayasuriya met India’s High Commissioner Gopal Baglay in Colombo on Monday.

Colombo:

Sri Lanka’s newly-appointed tourism brand ambassador and cricket legend Sanath Jayasuriya on Tuesday said his country will focus on promoting the Ramayana Trail for Indian tourists as the beleaguered island nation seeks to boost tourism for economic recovery.

Former Sri Lankan cricket captain Sanath Jayasuriya met India’s High Commissioner Gopal Baglay in Colombo on Monday.

The Indian High Commission tweeted, “Sri Lanka’s newly appointed tourism brand ambassador, cricket legend @Sanath07 called on the High Commissioner today. The meeting was held to strengthen ties between the people of India and Sri Lanka and promote tourism as a tool for economic recovery. focused on promoting.

Responding to the tweet, Mr Jayasuriya on Tuesday thanked Mr Baglay for agreeing to meet him.

“We will focus on promoting the Ramayana Trail for Indian tourists,” he tweeted. Both India and Sri Lanka agreed in 2008 to work on enhancing shared cultural and religious values ​​based on the Ramayana heritage.

The Ramayana is one of the two major Sanskrit epics of ancient India and an important scripture of Hinduism. There are 52 sites on the Ramayana Trail in Sri Lanka.

India emerged as Sri Lanka’s top inbound tourism market with 5,562 arrivals in May, followed by the UK with 3,723 arrivals.

The 53-year-old former Sri Lankan cricketer and captain was appointed as the tourism brand ambassador for Sri Lanka last week.

Monday’s meeting between Mr. Jayasuriya and Mr. Baglay was the second this year. Mr Jayasuriya met Mr Baglay in April and sought India’s assistance in getting essential medicines to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka has been witness to one of the worst economic crises since its independence in 1948. The government declared bankruptcy in mid-April by refusing to pay its international debt.

India has been at the forefront in providing financial assistance of about USD 4 billion to Sri Lanka during the year.

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