Sri Lanka poised to benefit from BBC’s Blue Planet II focus on wildlife and sustainable ecotourism


Sri Lanka’s amazing biodiversity and the way we manage and nurture our wildlife will be a major draw for tourists seeking sustainable holidays, according to travel experts.

They believe that global ecotourism has been boosted by the BBC’s Blue Planet II wildlife documentary starring the renowned explorer and conservationist Sir David Attenborough.

According to the Mail Online, experts believe that Blue Planet II “has made people aware of their impact on nature”, while a quarter of holidaymakers plan to visit a new country in 2018.

The Mail reports Mark Tanzer, of the Association of British Travel Agents (Abta), as saying that “the BBC nature series would encourage more tourists to visit new destinations as they become aware of the negative impact of overcrowding”.

“So-called over-tourism has become an issue in popular locations such as Barcelona, Venice, Palma and Santorini, with protests by residents.”

Research by Abta shows that in 2018, more than one in four holidaymakers are planning to visit a country they have not been to before, and almost a third expect to go to a new resort or city.

Blue Planet II’s focus on the undersea world chimes with Sri Lanka’s commitment to safeguarding its marine life, which includes whales, reef dwellers—and especially turtles.

Turtle hatcheries can be found all round our coast, particularly in the south west, where females are safeguarded when they come ashore to lay their eggs, and the eggs are collected to save them from predators.

When they hatch they are released into the ocean at night, an amazing ‘hands-on’ experience that that is hugely popular with tourists of all ages.

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