Sri Lanka has been named top tourist destination in South-East Asia at the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia 2017 held recently in Shanghai.

We were also lauded as the leading adventure tourism destination in a hard-fought contest based on an online voting by industry leaders and travel professionals.

The Daily Star Bangladesh reports that “Sri Lanka is also known among thrill-seekers for offering top-notch surfing and diving experiences, jungle treks, hikes and elephant-riding and rock-climbing adventures”.

It says: “Adventure-seekers and intrepid globetrotters looking to blaze new trails in Southeast Asia will want to consider adding Sri Lanka to their travel bucket list, after the country claimed the title of leading destination and leading adventure tourism destination for Asia over the weekend.

“At the World Travel Awards Asia & Australasia 2017, which were held in Shanghai, Sri Lanka took the title of leading destination for the region, an award that reflects a country’s range of tourism products and services.”

Adventure tours

It adds that Sri Lanka “has been emerging as an interesting travel alternative to Thailand, for its beaches, wildlife safaris and adventure tours.

“Along with its native land mammals—elephants, leopards and wild buffalos—the island’s marine surroundings make the destination one of the best for whale and dolphin watching.”

Other big winners include The Oberoi Udaivilas in India, which took home the title of Asia’s leading hotel 2017 and The Peninsula Hong Kong, which was named Asia’s leading luxury hotel 2017.

For Australasia, the Pullman Sydney Hyde Park in Australia was named the leading hotel, and Yasawa Islands in Fiji as Australasia’s leading destination.

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