Sri Lanka still Lonely Planet’s top destination for 2019

ECONOMYNEXT- Travel publisher Lonely Planet is still listing Sri Lanka as the top destination for 2019, after Easter Sunday attacks, while warning readers to check the travel advisories issued by their government’s before travelling to the Indian Ocean Island.

"At the present time, foreign governments are advising caution, but are not warning against travel to Sri Lanka," the travel portal said. "Check the travel advisory information from your government for the latest travel advice."

India, UK, the US, Japan and many other top source markets for Sri Lanka have reduced their advisories from avoid non-essential travel to exercise caution.

"While we don’t discount the fear many travellers feel, we should not allow events like this to deter us from continuing to explore, learn and break down stereotypes," Lonely Planet writer Caterina Hrysomallis said in a feature published in the portal this week, titled Why I won’t give up on Sri Lanka and you shouldn’t either.

"The country has been upset, but continues to be an incredible place to visit. It still tops our Best in Travel for 2019."

She said Sri Lanka deserves the top spot for its food, ‘epic train rides’, and scenic hills and beaches.

Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka fell 70 percent in May, amidst foreign governments warning against travel to Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Chairman Kishu Gomes have said that arrivals are now recovering faster than expected. (Colombo/Jul02/2019)