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Sri Lanka, Seychelles joint holiday packages mooted

Apr 20, 2012 (LBO) - Tour operators in the Seychelles want to promote joint holiday packages for tourists with Sri Lanka and establish direct air links between the two Indian Ocean islands. Visiting foreign minister of Seychelles Jean Paul Adams said in Colombo they expect 350,000 tourists in the coming year.

"Most tour operators in Seychelles want to prepare joint holiday packages combining Seychelles beaches and Sri Lanka’s scenic tea hills, jungle safaris, and temples," he said.

Adams was quoted as saying in a statement that tour operators want to use their previous experience in creating joint Seychelles-Africa tour packages.

"We believe that establishing direct air-links between Seychelles and Sri Lanka will enormously help our importers and also to enhance levels of current bilateral trade, he said at talks with Rishad Bathiudeen, Minister of Industry and Commerce of Sri Lanka.

"We want more and more seafood from Sri Lanka. Our seafood importers are specially keen to import Sri Lankan sea cucumber, prawns, crabs and lobsters."

Adams also suggested more maritime collaboration between Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Mauritius, and Madagascar.

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