Sri Lanka’s Hambantota airport debacle—aka the Mattala Rajapaksa International fiasco—is providing a bargain silver lining for the world’s golf lovers.
The travel and tourism blogosphere and social-media channels are over-run with freeloading so-called ‘influencers’ looking for a freebee holiday at resort hotels.
A major tourism promotion collaboration between Sri Lanka and US broadcaster CNN has produced a series of compelling videos showing different aspects of our cultural heritage. Called the Great Big Story, the first spotlights the 80 amazing Caves of the Golden Buddah at Dambulla, which contain many priceless statues and 1,500 paintings and murals.
More and more Indian tourists are visiting Sri Lanka, especially during the school holidays, writes Professor Ujjwal K Chowdhury in the Deccan Chronicle. Not only that, but he quotes statistics showing that 70 percent of those visitors find our tropical paradise “delightful”, with the remaining 30 percent saying we are “satisfying”.
The South China Morning Post’s style section says of Sri Lanka: “Enjoy tea, sea and safari on this diverse and beautiful island, which is fast gaining star status.” Tea tops the travel menu, plus a walk on the wild side!
Breathtaking aerial views of whales off the coast of Sri Lanka are provided by F-Air to promote ‘air tourism’ from the Sri Lanka Airforce base at Koggala Airport, Galle. “What better way to watch the blue whales than from a low-flying, small aircraft off Sri Lanka’s picturesque southern coast?”