A latest official tourism report said China has become Sri Lanka's second largest tourists-source-market in the Northeast Asia, right after Japan.
The report released in Shanghai by the Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau said from January to October, Sri Lanka has received over 6,600 Chinese tourists, only next to Japan which had 13,341 tourists in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is among the first group of countries which gained the Approved Destination Status (ADS) from the Chinese government. The two countries have also signed many agreements to expand bilateral tourism cooperation.
Madubhani Perera, market supervisor of the Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau said in Shanghai that Sri Lanka has mapped out a series of plans to promote its tourism market in China.
The bureau will organize some training programs on Chinese-language travel guides and cooks on Chinese foods. In addition, a Chinese-language web site about Sri Lanka's tourism has also be launched, said Perera.
According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau, Sri Lanka expects to attract more than 250,000 tourists from China by 2010.