The People’s Daily newspaper of China selected Sri Lanka as the top global safety destination for women travellers in 2018, in a recently concluded contest, which combined the results of expert reviews, ratings and popular votes. Sri Lanka topped the list of 20 countries that were selected, including USA, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Switzerland and the Maldives, a statement from Sri Lanka Embassy in Beijing said.
“The awards were presented to representatives from the Embassies and travel bureaus of the winning countries on 05 June 2018, at a ceremony held during the 2018 Women’s Safe Travel Experience Summit, co-organized by the People’s Daily and the Capital Normal University.
Ambassador for Sri Lanka to China Dr Karunasena Kodituwakku, speaking as the representative of the winning country, thanked the People’s Daily for recognizing Sri Lanka’s commitment to the safety of tourists visiting the country, particularly women travellers who are rapidly becoming a strong demographic in the tourism sector.
Stressing on the importance of safety as a deciding factor in selecting a travel destination, Dr Kodituwakku said that Sri Lankan people are hospitable, friendly and ever ready to provide a helping hand to travellers who need assistance. He also noted that tourist places are well organized, with dedicated staff to guide and help tourists enjoy their visits, and highlighted the presence of a tourist police division dedicated to addressing and processing complaints in a speedy manner and who regularly liaise with the travel industry to improve safety measures for tourists.
Ambassador Kodituwakku highlighted the many experiences available for tourists visiting Sri Lanka, including the beautiful beaches for both relaxation and adventure, and natural attractions including diversity of scenery within a few hours’ drive of each other, wildlife parks and reserves, and biodiversity hotspots. He also highlighted that Sri Lanka is also rich in heritage, with many places rich in ancient history and culture for those interested in exploring the country’s past and festive pageantry. Dr Kodituwakku noted that all these experiences are easily accessible through safe and convenient public transport, either railways or highways or domestic flights, all of which provide quick and safe means of travel for all visitors.
In conclusion, Dr Kodituwakku again thanked the People’s Daily for their recognition of Sri Lanka through this award and invited guests to visit Sri Lanka to explore its rich diversity of experiences.
Representatives from the People’s Daily, Baidai Trip, National Cultural History Magazine, and China Women’s Cultural Research Center also spoke during the event.
Mandy Wednesday, 27 June 2018 09:14
I have travelled to all the countries listed and how we got ahead of Japan and New Zealand is beyond me.
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Udul Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:02
Another funny one, like the award for the best finance minister in the world.
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Dee Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:04
Really? As long as they are confined to a star class hotel, not use tuk, don't get caught to local 'Bon Marley's' , stay away from the 'happening' clubs, I suppose so. But that life a traveller can have at their own homes in front of a screen.
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Citizen Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:16
Seriously?? U gotta be kidding me!!
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kumar Wednesday, 27 June 2018 10:16
What a joke! Even local women are not safe here
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long memory Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:05
Strange.. I still remember how foreigners were assaulted/ raped by politicians and their offspring.
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Siripala de Silva Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:48
කියන්නා කෙසේ කීවත් අහන්නා සිහි බුද්ධියෙන් ඇසිය යුතුය !!
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Dayawathie Wednesday, 27 June 2018 16:28
Hey Siripala, this is an English paper and you should be writing in English.
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stardust Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:55
seems to be a real joke via DM Android App
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Ceylon Wednesday, 27 June 2018 11:58
So no need any more research about how the china's communist government run news papers truthfullness about news.
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abc Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:16
China's idea of safety seems to be different.
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Gypsies Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:22
“Konde bandapu chinnunta ovaa kiyapan.”
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RR Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:40
Really a joke...Srilanka is been taken as a joke now.
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sach Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:49
Apart from few cases, female tourists are safe here. It is acknowledged by many foreigners who visit SL. As usual the typical yahapalana guys cant believe it
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upali Wednesday, 27 June 2018 12:58
If you believe everything you read, better not read. ( Japanese proverb )
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Wise Donkey Wednesday, 27 June 2018 13:52
But we haven't forgotten what happened to a girl and her boy friend at Tangalla the lates attack at Mirissa. at Tangalla the girl was raped and the boy was murdered. A politician led the team.
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Bimal Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:28
How many rapes are taking place in the west on a daily basis? Have you checked these figures? Please check before you criticize Sri Lanka.
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GH Wednesday, 27 June 2018 14:01
International world tried many ways to tackle Sri Lanka and YAHAPALANAYA govt. being advised/warned on safety of foreign tourists visiting here, but non worked, this time China came with a new tactic by applying butter on us to safeguard foreign tourists, whereby, SRI LANKA committed to preserve the PLACE they have given us.
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prakash Wednesday, 27 June 2018 17:04
May be the sample selected had only women with black belt in karate.
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Warren Raed Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:21
I wonder who wrote this article? A woman cannot walk on the road without harassment. Yesterday a small Grade 1 girl was raped and killed and dumped in a well in Jaffna. I wonder how this article can say that this a safe place for women travelers even when men are not safe. LoL
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Sambo Wednesday, 27 June 2018 18:45
Who is the fool who did this survey. May be he or she does not check the media. Or is he doing this for money as the previous government.
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Mahinda Wednesday, 27 June 2018 19:00
Tell the birds this type of tall stories.
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Shek Wednesday, 27 June 2018 20:57
Why are we always negative, Sri Lanka is generally known as a smiling people country, let’s think it’s a step forward and try to keep working on the safety of tourists
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Ivory Wednesday, 27 June 2018 21:27
Absolute bull ! If you account for the unreported offenses / harassment against women tourist nobody will ever visit the paradise Island
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ali Wednesday, 27 June 2018 21:58
Looks like local thugs are fed up with Chinese women
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DillonDP Thursday, 28 June 2018 14:15
Ha ha ha ha ,,, well what would you reply regarding the war crime rapes
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Soma Thursday, 28 June 2018 15:22
Want to discuss the Missing persons list. These include woman and children!
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