Sri Lanka’s abundant wildlife, especially the Minneriya Elephant Gathering, are the lures for a new campaign to woo Tourists from the Middle East and Gulf.
Sri Lanka has reportedly been voted the safest of 20 selected destinations for women travellers that included the US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Switzerland and the Maldives.
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Following our story on the ‘Beat Plastic Pollution’ campaign in Sri Lanka, the world’s media reports the tragic death of a whale that swallowed 80 plastic bags. The bags, weighing 8kg, were found during an autopsy after the pilot whale died in southern Thailand.
The safety of tourists on the beaches of southern Sri Lanka has been reinforced with the destruction of illegal hotels and bar restaurants. Says a government spokesman: “The aim is to prevent problems to local and foreign tourists, ensuring their safety and protecting natural beauty of the environment.”
100,000 Chinese tourists have visited Sri Lanka so far this year, with 17,462 in April making China the third largest market after India and the UK. Total arrivals in April was 180,429, 12.6 up on last year. By the end of April, visitors totalled 888,353, a 16.1 percent growth over the same period last year.