Sri Lanka has now been recognised as the top destination worldwide for marriage proposals, joining acknowledged icons such as the London Eye, Sydney Bridge and Hawaii’s sunset beaches.
Kandy, in the island’s hills, was voted number one by renowned travel writer Mary Gostelow, editor of the WOWtraveler website.
According to Gostelow, prospective suitors opting to pop the question can capture the moment in a former tea planter’s house, as well as enjoy soothing massages with tea leaves, picnics with hill views, and long strolls through Sri Lanka’s pristine forests.
According to Peter Hill, CEO of SriLankan Airlines, the message that there is more to Sri Lanka than just sun and sand is a vital one in restoring the country’s reputation overseas.
He said: “The growth in superior hotel accommodation around the island has been almost unnoticed, in many respects, but we can now truly boast some outstanding holiday experiences courtesy of both global groups such as Banyan Tree and Taj Resorts, as well as local companies like the Dilmah Tea family, operators of tea plantation residences.
“The Bounce Back Sri Lanka campaign will focus on the hill country, spa opportunities, sporting activities, our World Heritage sites and the wealth of scenic attractions and accommodation facilities that remain undamaged by recent events,” he said, emphasising that Sri Lanka was back in business for tourism.