Sri Lanka-based Hayleys Advantis said it expects 80,000 visitors over the next four months from Cordelia Cruises, which operates out of India.
“As a pioneer in transportation and logistics with expertise in maritime services, we are focused on supporting all opportunities to generate growth in the travel and tourism industry,” said Ruwan Waidyaratne, managing director of Advantis Group, in a statement.
“Together with the Cordelia team, we want to attract at least 80,000 visitors in the next four months alone and thus present the diverse range of offers in the country.
“This partnership not only promises significant economic growth, but also promotes cross-cultural connections and promotes sustainable development.”
MS Empress became the first luxury cruise ship to call at Sri Lanka’s Kankasanthurai (KKS) port in Jaffna earlier this month.
“This momentous event not only demonstrates the growing importance of Jaffna as a desirable tourist destination, but also holds the potential to boost economic growth in the region,” Port Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva was quoted as saying in the statement.
The cruise ship also calls at Hambantota and Trincomalee.
The MS Empress has 796 cabins and can carry 1,600 passengers. The ship embarked on its first voyage to Sri Lanka on June 5, 2023 from the port of Chennai.
Advantis Group’s travel and aviation arm is the general sales agent, while Clarion Shipping, a subsidiary of Advantis Group, is the port agent for Cordelia Cruises in Sri Lanka.