Sri Lanka is entering the exclusive world of Relais & Chateaux for the first time with Ceylon Tea Trails as the first member. The news was announced at WTM 2011 in London.
The National Chamber of Commerce of Sri Lanka jointly with the Ministries of Indigenous Medicine, Economic Development, Industry and Commerce and External Affairs and Sri Lanka Export Development Board, Sri Lanka Tourism, Gem & Jewellery Authority and Sri Lankan Airlines will hold “Ayurveda Expo-2011”
Sri Lanka’s tourism economy is enjoying a miracle recovery, and with the capital Colombo a host city of the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, the good times are expected to continue. BTN looks at how the island nation is preparing for even greater things to come.
Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya and the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington, D.C., in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, today launched the first in a series of “Signature Tours,” that will bring more American travelers to Sri Lanka to see and experience the magnificence of the island.
As the FCO lifts its warning against travel to Sri Lanka, Breaking Travel News junior editor Chris O’Toole assesses whether it is now safe to travel to the Indian Ocean destination.
The British Foreign & Commonwealth Office has lifted the remaining travel warnings advising against visits to Sri Lanka. However, the government body has urged caution and reminded travellers of continued “isolated attacks”.
Sri Lanka’s rapidly rebounding tourism sector has received a further boost after the US lifted its travel warning a year after the end of a bloody civil war. The Indian Ocean island is currently staging a dramatic revival with tourism arrivals rising for 11 consecutive months and up 50 percent in April.
Sri Lanka’s tourism economy has recovered so quickly from last year’s civil war that the island is expected to shortly run out of hotel capacity as it experiences an unprecedented boom.
Sri Lanka’s tourism minister has expressed his disappointment over the cancellation of Akon’s tour of the country following public outrage about a sacrilegious video. The R&B singer was due to perform in Colombo in April, but Buddhist activists’ angry protests outside the headquarters of the promoters earlier this week prompted immigration authorities to cancel the star’s visa.
Sri Lanka is starting to look like its old self. Now recovering from the 2004 tsunami and resolving a decades-long conflict, the country is welcoming record numbers of visitors.
The inaugural 2009 Lanka Challenge, Sri Lanka’s first official Tuk-Tuk rally will take place from 5 to 15 September, 2009.
Breaking Travel News interviews Renton de Alwis, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism at World Travel Market 2007 on using sport to promote its tourism product, especially cricket.