Mumbai:Sachin Tendulkar is just 171 runs short of overtaking Brian Lara as the top Test run-getter and Sri Lanka tourism is hoping to encash the impending moment to woo Indian tourists for next month's Test series against Mahela Jayawardane's men.
"Sachin is a mere 171 runs behind (Brian) Lara's aggregate of 11,953 runs and is expected to set the new mark during India's third Test series in Sri Lanka in July/August 2008," Sri Lanka Tourism Managing Director Dileep Mudadeniya told reporters on Monday.
Sri Lankan Tourism has tied up with national carrier SriLankan Airlines and a couple of hotels to promote the cricket series.
"We expect about 5,000 to 6,000 Indian fans to come to Sri Lanka for the series. Visas are given for 30 days on arrival," he said.
The Tourism Board announced a few tour packages for Indians. It includes return economy airfare ticket and two nights accommodation, he said.
The package from Mumbai for a person is Rs 18,099, Chennai Rs 11,199, Delhi Rs 20,999 and Trichy Rs 11,599.
SriLankan Airlines has 100 flights a week to India and flies to 11 destinations here.
The Sri Lankan national carrier is 58 per cent owned by the government and 42 per cent by UAE's Emirates.