Local retail outlets are gearing for a busy holiday season.

Indian tourists looking around for branded bargains are on a buying spree in Sri Lanka and local retail outlets are gearing for a busy holiday season. Indian tourists looking around for branded bargains are on a buying spree in Sri Lanka and local retail outlets are gearing for a busy holiday season. “There has been an increase in Indian tourists over the last few years and that’s been very good for us,” says Otara Chandiram, Managing Director of ODEL Unlimited.


Chandiram says Indian tourists are “big shoppers and good spenders.”


She should know. ODEL is home to Sri Lanka’s biggest and widest pool of international brands ranging from fashion labels to sweets.


“Indian tourists like to buy foreign brands because they still have a closed economy and these international brands are difficult to come by in India,” say Tourist Board officials.


The biggest Indian demand is for expensive foreign liquors and international brands of electrical items.


Many make full use of Sri Lanka’s visa-on-arrival scheme, for Indian nationals, to do a round trip of the Middle East and Sri Lanka to compare prices at the duty free shops in Dubai and Col