During the world’s Tourism Day celebrations, Sri Lanka Tourism recently unveiled the 50 best tourism experiences in Sri Lanka. The list was categorised into five sections: best foods, best places, best festivals and events, best activities, and best flora and fauna. Some of the activities featured include train rides and cycling throughout the country, while Kandy Esela Perahera and Nuwara Eliya were mentioned as some of the best festivals to experience.
Lands Minister John Amaratunga said Sri Lanka will lure 2.5 million tourists by the end of 2016 compared to 1.8 million arrivals in 2015. “Sri Lanka is going through a rapid economic growth and also having an increase in tourist arrivals, which is indeed good news for the local tourism industry,” he said.
The importance of creating infrastructure and access for physically challenged people to explore the country more easily was also addressed with the Minister saying, “As a country that has emerged from a three decade long war that has left thousands of citizens with various disabilities, Sri Lanka is obligated to put in place the basic facilities needed to ensure both the safety and comfort of physically challenged people. We must make every effort to use modern technology to remove barriers for people with special needs such as hearing and visual impairments.”