Sri Lanka Vietnam direct flights can boost tourism: travel trade

Sept 08, 2012 HUE/COLOMBO (LBO) – Tourist traffic between Sri Lanka and Vietnam could be boosted with direct air links which can cut travel time and ticket costs helping make the destination competitive, officials said. “In July a new air services agreement was reached,” Vietnam’s ambassador Ton Sinh Thanh said during an even in Colombo to mark the country’s national day.

The bilateral air services agreement could pave the way for direct flights or a code-share deal with SriLankan Airlines and Vietnam Airlines, he said.

Earlier a delegation of travel agents from Sri Lanka who met tourism authorities in Hue, a historic city in the centre of Vietnam said at the moment air tickets from Colombo were very much higher than to other popular East Asian destinations due to the lack of direct flights.

“Once the fares are lower we can market the product easily,” Nishan Seneveratne, head of outbound travel at Aitken Spence Travels said during a meeting in

“Bangkok, Singapore, Malaysia and even Dubai are not so expensive. If direct flights are started an introductory fare would allow us to market Vietnam easily.

“Once people get to know Vietnam more people will come.”

Le Huu Minh, vice director of