ChanukaAbrew is a Sri Lankan man that I interviewed to. He works as a tourist guidefor nearly 6 years now. The first thing that came from his mouth as I asked himabout Sri Lanka was about the people there. He claimed that Sri Lankan peopleare very nice and polite as it is on their culture to give a pleasant smiledwhen you looking at them or even when saying hello. They also very generous toprovide hospitality and it is considered rude when you reject them as it is aserious matter to them.
Their attitude is quite similar to our country as wealso emphasize on etiquette as a good Malaysian.Besideabout the people in Sri Lanka, I ask about him on how and why he would becometourist guide. He said that at first he also didn’t think he would be a touristguide either let alone to be 6 years work experience now.
During his early age,he was supposed to be in hotel management course in the The Patrice LumumbaUniversity in Moscow for 3 years. After 1 year went there, things went south asthe course he was taking was not his passion so he went back to his country.That time, he didn’t know what to become. Luckily, during that period, Russiantourists start to come to Sri Lanka as the minister of tourism starting topromote the country in Europe. He took the golden opportunity to become as atourist guide as he can speak Russian fluently during his time at the Russian.Until today he become what he is become as Russian tourist is in top 10 countryto come to the Sri Lanka.
DulmitVaruna, a representative of the Trade and Tourism Promotion Department of theEmbassy of Sri Lanka said that, Sri Lanka expect to host about 70 000 Russiantourist in 2017. He report that their goal is 70 thousand in 2017 as in 2016;they already hosted 58 thousand Russians. The Russian tourist already reachedmore than 33 thousand people in the first half of the 2017 whereas last yearwas 28.6 thousand on that same period. One of the major turnouts for theRussian tourist to go to Sri Lanka is that Egypt and Turkey are in turmoil andit gives the Sri Lanka an opportunity to take the center stage as analternative destination to Russian market, claim by Tourism DevelopmentMinister John Amaratunga. Other reason was it was a nirvana for the people wholove the tropical site.
In Russia, there are only a few beaches whereas SriLanka is a paradise for those Russian tourists who keen of the tropical beachwith blue sky and greenery landscape and also the historical heritage in thecountry.