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Sri Lanka to host first-ever Chinese marathon in May

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Sri Lanka will host the first-ever Chinese marathon this May, where over 2000-3000 Chinese athletes will arrive under the ‘Ni Hao Zhong Guo’ programme, Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management Chairman Shirantha Peiris announced.

Peiris recently visited the municipality of Chongqing in China to finalise an agreement under the Ni Hao Zhong Guo programme to bring in additional Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka over the next two-year period.  

Accordingly, it has been proposed to organise a marathon for the Chinese athletes from May 1 to 3, this year. This is to be followed by a seafood festival organised on the Unwatuna beach strip. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman Chalaka Gajabahu revealed plans to make this an annual event. 

According to the Ni Hao Zhong Guo programme, Sri Lanka is expected to lure one million tourists over the next two years. Sri Lanka is expected to generate a revenue of Rs.225 billion. However, Peiris noted that two years would be rather ambitious and instead, proposed a four-year period.


  Comments - 22

  • Jude Friday, 16 February 2024 07:31 AM

    Don't get too much Chinese down here they may ask for part of the country Coz they own some strategic locations already yeah.

    Sokrates Friday, 16 February 2024 08:56 AM

    A clever move by the Chinese. A gentle non-violent invasion. You can also annex a country in this way. The Chinese have learned a lot since the violent annexation of Tibet and the fraudulent, human rights-violating takeover of Hong Kong.

    PREDICTION OF A FAR-SIGHTED INVASION DONE IN STAGES Friday, 16 February 2024 02:33 PM

    EXACTLY, CHINA ALWAYS WORKS ITS WAY FORWARD WITH A WELL-PLANNED AGENDA. 2000- 3000 CHINESE ARRIVING FOR A SO-CALLED MARATHON!! WHAT A JOKE, WHY THE HELLO DON'T THEY RUN THEIR MARATHON IN CHINA? WE ALREADY HAVE TOWNS DOWN SOUTH INFESTED WITH CHINESE LABOURERS WHO HAVE MARRIED AND SETTLED DOWN, ALL SIGNS OF STREETS AND SHOPS IN CHINESE WHAT NEXT? I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW HOW MANY OF THESE SO CALLER MARATHON RUNNERS RETURN TO CHINA. MY PREDICTION MAJORITY WILL STAY BACK, END UP DOWN SOUTH GET MARRIED AND STAY ON. SOMETIME BACK THERE WAS TALK ABOUT CHINA HAVING SENT A PERCENTAGE OF PRISONERS AS LABOURERS TO WORK ON THEIR PROJECTS. I SEE FORWARD THINKING BUILDING UP THEIR OWN IN SRI LANKAN AND ALL OTHER POOR COUNTRIES THEY GO INTO. OUR GOVERNMENT MUST SEE THE LIGHT OF THIS MARATHON AND WATCH OUT OR ELSE THE COUNTRY WILL SOON HAVE A NAME CHANGE "SRI CHINA". FIGURES WILL BE PUT OUT TO SHOW THE COUNTRY EARNED X AMOUNT OF FOREIGH EXCHANGE DURING THEIR VISIT, DO NOT BELIEVE ANY FIGURES DUE TO COME.

    Ah Friday, 16 February 2024 09:35 AM

    Good going Harin.

    Turn off Friday, 16 February 2024 09:35 AM

    Do they have Sri Lankan marathons in China? What a bunch of idiot politicians.

    Anjula G Friday, 16 February 2024 10:26 AM

    Huh?.. 2000 tourists coming and you criticize it?? Its clear who's the idiot here.

    Gen Friday, 16 February 2024 11:13 AM

    So how do you expect to attract tourist ? What's wrong with bring 2000 tourists What is your plan? Or are you another NPP fan who only knows to criticize with no practical solution ?

    MK Friday, 16 February 2024 01:44 PM

    you are a little low in IQ, arent you?

    Priya Friday, 16 February 2024 02:22 PM

    Most of the commentators on this forum are donkeys with no brains. They wouldn't know a good thing even if it turned and bit them on their arse.

    WE NEED TO EMPLOY PEOPLE WITH BRAINS TO LEAD THESE ORGANISATIONS. WE NEED TO PROMOTE SRI LANKA TO THE WORLD NOT CHINA, AS CHINESE ALREADY KNOW THE IN AND OUT'S OF THE COUNTRY AND ITS POLITICIANS AND Friday, 16 February 2024 02:55 PM

    How do we know if these 2-3000 Chinese are runners? they could be ex-convicts come in disguise as Marathon Runners. who is responsible for their accommodation, food etc during their stay and what do these marathon runners come all the way to put on a show, spend their funds and return back to China? Could also be a way of money laundering? Our idiots can't think beyond their noses and any crap fed to them is swallowed.

    Will Generate Fast Tourism $$ Friday, 16 February 2024 10:04 AM

    Once this event is successful, go for at least 3 to 4 more such events yearly at different locations. This will generate immediate

    Michael Judd Friday, 16 February 2024 10:51 AM

    Finally, someone thinking. Sports events, arts event, car event. Events are exactly what is needed to attract visitors.

    Wiseman Friday, 16 February 2024 11:11 AM

    Interesting to see how the Chinese people would perform under the Sri Lankan weather conditions. I believe they would like the less polluted air in SL compared to China.

    PJ Friday, 16 February 2024 11:24 AM

    As long as the marathon is not in Colombo!

    Outstation has many ideal Places Friday, 16 February 2024 04:04 PM

    Looks like you are confine to Colombo or in the city areas of major towns. There are so many outstation areas which are ideal with good quality air

    Nihal Friday, 16 February 2024 11:17 AM

    Don’t you worry Chinese will run the country very soon

    More Productivity Friday, 16 February 2024 07:43 PM

    Would definitely do a better job than the current government. Those lazy staff will be bumped off

    ANNECUNT Friday, 16 February 2024 12:25 PM

    make sure the money generated does not go to RAJAPAKSA pockets. NAMAL is worst than MAHINDA

    munasinghe Friday, 16 February 2024 12:29 PM

    unless we get rid of RAJAPAKSA FAMILY the chinese will run the country

    David Ostwald Friday, 16 February 2024 05:13 PM

    Interesting. Destination marathons are certainly a "thing" and Sri Lanka is a beautiful country to visit. I certainly hope that they do a "proper" job of hosting a marathon ... it isn't easy. Also, running a marathon in Sri Lanka is quite a challenge based on the climate ... it can get very HOT after the sun comes up; so time of year and location can be a factor ... a marathon in the High Country would be fun. :) Will this be open to other runners as well -- or is it just a private marathon for Chinese athletes?

    vithura Friday, 16 February 2024 07:42 PM

    Just charge them for the privilege in hard currency and help the starving with the proceeds.

    Lets learn Chinese and ditch English Saturday, 17 February 2024 10:23 AM

    Thanks China for making us your colony.


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