The Sri Lankan Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation said that the Norwegian ship Vikingmas carrying 700 tourists and 450 crew arrived at Colombo port on November 18th after the Corona and economic crisis that lasted for two and a half years.
International tourism is one of major revenue earners for the Sri Lankan government. The island nation is eyeing on the arrival of Chinese tourists this year.
Ports, Shipping and Aviation Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva and Tourism Minister Harin Fernando and others came to the passenger jetty of the port to welcome this ship.
The ministry said the ship, which came from Goa, India, is anchored at the port of Colombo for 24 hours. A special program has been set up to provide them with the necessary customs, immigration and duty shopping facilities.