Indian tourists who were sceptical to travel to Sri Lanka following the 04/21 terror attack. Now, they have emerged, decided to pack their baggage and travel to that country once again, as terror affect is subsided. Tourists from India have tremendous faith in countries safety and security due to which maximum tourists visit Sri Lanka. It is being a closest with multiple tourist destinations for Indian tourists to explore.
It may be noted that, after the terror attack in Sri Lanka tourist flow came to standstill and most of the tourists cancelled their visit. Many countries including India announced advisory to avoid tourists to visit Sri Lanka that lead to cancellation of important events and tourism in the country. As hotels were easy target of terrorists, tourist flow completely stopped making hotel industry a big revenue loss.
China is become a first country and has relaxed the travel advisory imposed on Sri Lanka, following the 04/21 terror attack. India, The United States and several other countries issued travel advisories on Sri Lanka. After a request made by the Sri Lankan government, the Chinese Government has relaxed the travel advisory imposed on its citizens from travelling to Sri Lanka. Soon many more European countries will also relax travel advisory.
Prior to announcement of relaxing travel advisory by China government, many tourists from many countries including India were started visiting Sri Lanka. The relaxation by China government has further boosted the morale of tourists and its on growth path. Tourists from many countries have started pouring in for last couple of weeks.
A highly placed sources in the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA)of India, on the condition of anonymity said “The process of relaxing travel advisory from government of India is on the top priority list. Due to election process in the country, government announcement was in abeyance. Since new elected government is already in the place, soon after new minister’s appointment, advisory may be lifted”.
Her Excellency, Chamari Rodrigo, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Mumbai said “current two months are slack period for tourism industry in Sri Lanka but we are optimistic that tourist flow will certainly improve in coming months. Schools are started functioning and complete normalcy is visible in the area. The tourists should remove fear from their mind and visit Sri Lanka. Safety and security of every tourist is of paramount importance to us and our government has taken keen initiative in this regard. Adequate initiative has taken to avoid these types of incidence to reoccur. A massive plan to eradicate terrorism already in place”.
CG Rodrigo further added “Sri Lanka tourism is organizing fam tour to Indian journalist who can visit the country and share their first hand opinion and experience to Indian public”.
She further said “We appeal to Indian tourists to remove fear factor from their mind and enjoy land of many tourists’ attractions. Tourists from India are most welcome to visit Sri Lanka and enjoy their journey, visit various tourist destinations”.
Pankaj Sampat Area Director – Taj Samudra Hotel Colombo (Taj Group of Hotels Sri Lanka, Maldives and Malaysia) said “Sri Lanka is quite safe as of now and has seen positive trends, off late. Things are recovering slowly and gradually and it is quite safe as of now. Queries for room bookings have also increased and guest inventory is grown in last couple of days”.
Bandula Jaysekara, former Editor of leading newspaper in Sri Lanka and former Diplomat said “Forget the terrorists. Sri Lanka is still paradise. People are friendly and nice. This is the Island of Serendipity. Be serendipitous. Once in Sri Lanka, you will have memorable experience of extraordinary tourist places which are historical and have listed in UNESCO World Heritage list. Besides, there are numerous tourist destination for the people of all age”.
About UNESCO World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka:
There are eight sites of Sri Lanka have been inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage, namely, the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the ancient city of Sigiriya, the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the old town of Galle and its fortifications, the sacred city of Anuradhapura, the sacred city of Kandy, Sinharaja Forest Reserve, and the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka.