China is poised to ban travel at home and abroad for badly behaved and “untrustworthy” citizens who are “damaging the image of the Chinese people”. Whether this is good or bad news for Sri Lanka, for which China is the second-biggest tourism source market after India, remains to be seen.
Veteran travel writer Julie Delahaye says in the Daily Mirror UK: “There are plenty of amazing things to see and do in Sri Lanka, but these need to be top of the itinerary. If you’re after a holiday packed with culture and spectacular scenery and wildlife, then Sri Lanka could be just the ticket.”
Social media is helping drive a boom in Sri Lanka tourism, says a report by data and analytics company GlobalData quoted by WTM. “Social media has been a major factor, as online posts showing the country’s idyllic beaches and natural landscape have acted as a hugely impactful viral marketing tool.”
Sri Lanka was a land of kingdoms, and few places better reflect this ancient heritage than Polonnaruwa, which lies at the heart of our famed Cultural Triangle. The city’s revered ancient structures now lie in ruins, but they still reflect the power and influence of our royal antecedents and the influence of Buddhism.
The east coast of Sri Lanka, from Trincomalee in the north down through our many pristine beaches to the famed Yala Nature Reserve and Galle in the south, offers a host of adventure experiences. National Geographic includes Sri Lanka on its list of Best Spring Trips around the world.
The Telegraph UK’s travel and destinations supplement focuses on 23 terrific reasons to visit our Sri Lanka paradise island, including diving with blue whales, 5,800 wild elephants ambling about and the biggest concentration of leopards in the world. See them in Yala national park, along with sloth bears and buffalo.