Sri Lanka’s seaplane services a boost for luxury tourism says Travel Weekly in ‘What’s Hot in 2018’


As another highly successful 12 months for global tourism ends on a high note, Travel Weekly is hailing Sri Lanka in its ‘What’s Hot in 2018: Your Guide to Next Year’.

It says: “Those looking to combine paradise-like sands with wildlife and culture, though, continue to flock to Sri Lanka, which aims to double tourist numbers to five million by 2020 and has invested heavily in new infrastructure.”

It notes a senior product and purchasing manager as saying that “road transfers are quicker and easier now, and the network of Cinnamon Air transfers means it’s less difficult to get around.”

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Luxury tourism will certainly benefit from Sri Lanka’s rapidly improving transport facilities, particularly those linking Bandaranaike International Airport and capital Colombo with the rest of the country.

Cinnamon Air, with its fleet of seaplanes and wheeled executive-style aircraft is the jewel in the tourist-transport crown, along with short-hop commercial helicopter operations.

At the same time, two express highways now serve the southern region, while more are planned for the north and east. Rail connections and new rolling stock are also a priority to provide fast and comfortable train travel.

Meanwhile, development of the “best tourism region in South Asia” will get underway in southern Sri Lanka early next year, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has been reported as saying.

He was visiting the nascent Dedduwa Tourism Project near Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage site immensely popular as a jumping-off point for the central Hill Country and the south’s fabulous beach resorts.

The prime minister stressed that sustainable tourism and conserving the environment would be a top priority, while also giving wealthy tourists the best combination of luxury accommodation and unique Sri Lankan experiences.

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