Lonely Planet travel endorsement great strength: Sri Lanka Prime Minister
ECONOMYNEXT – The continuing endorsement of Sri Lanka as the top travel destination for 2019 by Lonely Planet, a popular travel publication, is a great strength for the island as it recovers from Easter Sunday attacks, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has said.
"This is a great strength to us in Sri Lanka," Wickremesinghe said in a statement. "Lonely Planet has said that despite difficulties people are welcoming tourists with smiling faces.
"We have taken many steps to revive the industry. We will take more steps to do so."
Western nations in particular relaxed travel advisories within weeks of the attack as security forces rapidly arrested members of a group of Islamist extremists who had carried out the attacks.
Some western law enforcement agencies were on the ground getting first hand information of counter action.
Wickremesinghe has re-built relations with the West and India, which had weakened at one time.