A major challenge facing Sri Lanka’s bid to attract more tourists, particularly from China, is competition from our tropical Asian neighbours. This is especially the case with Thailand, with its thriving nightlife and hospitality industries, its sea, sand and sun culture built up and perfected over decades.
The Guardian UK reports in glowing terms on the Ulpotha yoga retreat in Sri Lanka, The Telegraph Luxury Travel section hails “Sri Lanka’s return to peace and splendour”, The Australian spins its wheels with an account of an island-wide cycle tour, and more.
A glowing endorsement by PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) puts Sri Lanka firmly on the map: “with nearly 1600 kilometres/1000 miles of palm-fringed coastline, Sri Lanka is an amazing dive destination”.
The launch of luxury live-aboard super-yacht charters in Sri Lanka has been torpedoed by officials because the boat has not been classified by the London-based Association of Classification Societies (IACS).
Top Australian travel and lifestyle blog Concrete Playground has given top marks to a newly opened restaurant in Melbourne that “proves there’s much more to Sri Lankan food than just rice and curry”.
Good news for tourists and visitors to Sri Lanka as the government announces further aggressive steps in combatting mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue, Zika and yellow fever. National Mosquito Control Week will be held countrywide from September 27 to October 3.