South African travellers and holidaymakers are looking for something new and different—and Sri Lanka fits the bill, says the IOL website.
It quotes Flight Centre Travel Group, South Africa’s largest travel company, as saying that “while Cape Town, Australia, Thailand, New York and Mauritius are still popular destinations, more and more South Africans are plumping to visit Sri Lanka, Bali, Seychelles, Maldives, UAE and Egypt this year”.
And Sri Lanka is at the forefront of the hot destinations queue because of its beaches, culture and wildlife says Carlos Luis, Land Warehouse Leader for Flight Centre Travel Group.
“Sri Lanka is becoming a very exciting destination globally and we expect that this will be on South Africans’ bucket list in 2017,” he says.
Johannesburg-based Times Live agrees, but notes that Lonely Planet “has flagged the country as a place where women travelling solo may experience uncomfortable levels of male attention”, although “overall the country is seen as safe for tourists”.
It adds that Sri Lanka is listed 8th out of 12 of the world’s cheapest holiday destinations for 2017 by international travel search company Skyscanner. The top five on the list are Cambodia‚ Vietnam‚ India‚ Bolivia and Hungary.