The world’s leading and most discerning and trusted monthly travel magazine in Britain 'Condé Nast Traveller' has nominated Sri Lanka as one of the top five destinations to watch in year 2012. The travel experts of the magazine have predicted that Sri Lanka will be among the hottest new holiday destinations for travellers in the coming year.
Unveiling the list of destinations the magazine reveals that, “One of the great joys of travel is the feeling you've discovered somewhere special, somewhere that's all yours, for the first time - before the developers move in and the crowds descend. It could be a new and unexplored region, like the Arctic Circle, or an entire country that has been off-limits to tourists for political reasons, such as Sri Lanka and Burma.” Sri Lanka has been placed third in the list of destinations ahead of Britain, Australia and Abu-Dhabi .
This achievement is certainly a boost for Sri Lanka Tourism which has just recorded the highest ever arrivals to the country this year and targeting 2.5 million tourist by the year 2016. (Source: Sri Lanka Tourism)
Of course Sri Lanka is one of the best destinations, but we must know how to use this competitive advantage. We have to be tourist friendly nation... Because of new immigration regulations, tourists have to think twice before they get here... $50 per visa is freeking expensive as compared to our competitors like Maldives, Thailand, Malaysia or Bali which have free entry.
citizen1 Monday, 02 January 2012 05:44 PM
Exactly. They don't seem to get it. Not very far-sighted.
A W Abdulkany Monday, 02 January 2012 07:02 AM
We have to be proud of it. Now the BIGGER responsibility is imposed on all of us. We are compelled to take care and honour all the tourists who visit our Island. We must somehow or other deserve the merit reposed on us. Minister of Tourism - get down to work - nothing should go wrong. No murder, assault, theft and thuggery should take place. Let us not call it an 'isolated incident'. If we want dollars, we have to show our Colours.
Dave Monday, 02 January 2012 06:20 AM
It may be true that Sri Lanka is a beautiful place and is placed in the top 5 places to visit in 2012, but the foreigners who visit Sri Lanka are treated with disrespect even by immigration authorities. Recently I witnessed the disappointment of some foreigners who were charged visa fees for 3 months and granted only 2 months without even a refund. This shows the level of ignorance and disregard we have for those who bring in foreign currency to this country.
Wara Monday, 02 January 2012 05:00 AM
This is not something about positive or negative. It's all about TRUTH !!
rataapita Monday, 02 January 2012 02:44 AM
Its not $50 per visa check the real rates . its $20 Maximum and $10 for SAARC Countries its cheap than $ 50!!
Fair N Square Sunday, 01 January 2012 05:26 PM
when we give free entry we end up having the hippies and cheap tourists who are penny savers.. If we are to getthe high end of the tourists we are doing things right... come with ur dollars and we treat you nice, come with drugs n homosexuality, child prostitution, we give u the middle finger....and make u a "persona non grata...."
freehit Sunday, 01 January 2012 04:40 PM
Our country would be the topmost destination if we have law and order.
ampare son Sunday, 01 January 2012 01:22 PM
this matter government have to think about seriously.
Shehan Jayawardene Sunday, 01 January 2012 05:54 AM
This nomination of Sri Lanka would have come prior to the killing of the British Tourist in Tangalle and the brutal injuries to his Russian girl friend. So lets see what happens in 2012.
sjegasooriya Sunday, 01 January 2012 10:43 AM
welcome to srilanka sometime we will use a k47
Kenny_G Sunday, 01 January 2012 10:33 AM
One of the best destinations to travel and accidently get shot and killed.
Kenny G Sunday, 01 January 2012 09:17 AM
and get killed ??
De Silva Sunday, 01 January 2012 08:02 AM
More than 3000 booking has been cancelled from Europe after the tangle incident . This is just a beginning, If MR can not punish the murders ,then people should punish MR and get rid of him first.
gorakaya Sunday, 01 January 2012 06:23 AM
Oh yeah ?. Don't worry some ignorant political thug will put us back to about fifty in the list.
Firaz Anver Sunday, 01 January 2012 06:18 AM
Yes, if you want to be murdered in a Night Club it is one of the top destinations.
true Sunday, 01 January 2012 06:18 AM
so only positive news about SL from UK is correct, what about the negative news come from UK about SL, then you call that LTTE support news.
Gamini Sunday, 01 January 2012 06:08 AM
HAPPY NEW YEAR MOTHER SRI LANKA!
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