6th January 2020
The New Year 2020 kicked off with a fresh start and good vibes for Sri Lanka, for the island destination bagged its first award of the year, as Asia's best destination for Wildlife Tourism at Top Asia Corporate ball 2019, which was held in Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sri Lanka was ranked first for the category of "Asia's Best Nation for Wildlife Tourism", from a survey conducted on Asian countries and out of 5 shortlisted countries, selected by Top 10 Asia's premier publications.
16th September 2019
The Lotus Tower, the tallest tower in South Asia, was declared open by President Maithripala Sirisena today. The telecommunication tower which is 350 meters in height was constructed at a cost of $ 104.3 million. The tower comprises a telecommunications museum, a hotel, a restaurant, an auditorium, a conference hall, a ballroom, and an observation deck.
13 Aug 2019
Participants' Countries: Australia, New Zealand, Indonesia, France, Portugal, Brazil, South Africa, Japan, Philippines, USA, Peru, Argentina
09 Jul 2019
Sri Lanka was one of the most up and coming tourism destination in the world at the start of the year thanks to gorgeous beaches, incredible hill stations, tea plantations and an experience just “off the beaten path” enough to bring a much needed reprieve from mass tourism. On April 21st, everything changed when a horrific terror attack crippled the country, killing citizens from all over the world and putting a pause on many travel plans.
To have a single digit drop in tourism is bad, but Sri Lanka has experienced year over year dips up to 70%, as foreigners are wary of potential for future violence. To remind the public that Sri Lanka is open, beautiful and ready again, the country will test free visas to citizens of 36 countries starting August 1st, 2019. Americans, Brits and more will save $35 in visa fees thanks to this decision.
Even better, you don’t have to apply online prior to travel. You can just show up in Sri Lanka ready to explore an amazing country.We’re all for making travel easier so count us as big fans of this decision
03 Jul 2019
July 03, Colombo: Lonely Planet, the world's leading travel authority, said Sri Lanka is continuing to be the top destination for 2019 despite the Easter Sunday terror attacks. "It still tops our Best in Travel for 2019," Lonely Planet says.
The travel publication, maintained Sri Lanka as number one, while warning readers to check travel advisories of their governments before travelling to the island nation.
Lonely Planet writer Caterina Hrysomallis in an article said the country has been upset following the Easter Sunday attacks, but continues to be an incredible place to visit.
She said the toll on tourism has been tremendous on the island state following the Easter Sunday attacks and the travelers should not give up on Sri Lanka.
"While we don't discount the fear many travelers feel, we should not allow events like this to deter us from continuing to explore, learn and break down stereotypes."
In recent weeks, countries have softened their travel warnings to Sri Lanka, including the UK.
Among the many things the guide says the travelers cannot miss in Sri Lanka are the food, incomparable beaches, especially the untouched beaches in Tangalle, epic train rides especially travel by train to Ella, the beauty of the hills, ancient city of Anuradhapura, elephants, City of Galle, Sigiriya and Sinharaja Forest Reserve.