Island Paradise. The wonder of Asia. Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

Sri Lanka has come to be known by many names over the years, but as of April 2019, news surrounding the island has been overshadowed by the attacks that took place on Easter Sunday.

The island was left devastated after three churches, three high-end hotels became the targets of suicide-bomber led attacks that claimed the lives of 250 nationals and injured hundreds more.

Authorities have since uncovered the details and persons involved in the attacks and arrested those responsible. However, the trending question around the world continues to be “is Sri Lanka safe”?

In the immediate after math of the disaster we saw many foreign governments imposing travel advisories and restrictions for travel to Sri Lanka. That created a sense of apprehension among travellers who planned to fly in and led many to cancel their holidays to the island altogether.

Four months later all these nations have completely lifted or relaxed their travel advisories to Sri Lanka. Therefore, it is safe to say that the cautionary picture portrayed around the world is in contrast to the situation on the ground.

It is also important to stress that a majority of provinces in Sri Lanka were completely unaffected by the events and life as a whole is moving forward as usual.

However, since many of these communities rely on tourism the deficit of tourist numbers have had a drastic effect on their livelihoods with some of them having to close businesses completely.

As tourism is one of the main drivers of the Sri Lankan economy the April attacks have had a domino effect that has spread far and wide. The Sri Lankan people however remain hopeful. Hopeful that this too shall pass, and tourism will return to its former glory.

The immediate actions taken by the Sri Lankan Security Forces to restore normality to the island after the attacks have been progressive. You can now expect to have to walk through a metal detector and have a quick body check prior to entering a hotel. The Government feel these measures now have made Sri Lanka a safer holiday destination.

Currently hotels and air lines are offering low prices and deals to encourage tourists to travel to Sri Lanka so no better time than now to travel. Refer to Trade Travel’s Sri Lanka Leap year special discount.

With more tourists flying in Sri Lanka hopes that the real ground situation will receive more prominence and tourists will feel assured that it is safe to visit Lonely Planet’s best country to visit in 2019.

Located in the Indian Ocean, this roughly 25,000-square-mile island tempts travellers with a diversity like no other. Known the world over for its golden beaches is not all that Sri Lanka has to offer.

Inland tea plantations await exploration as do wildlife parks that teem with animals including elephants, monkeys, sloth bears and one of the world’s largest population of leopards not to mention Blue whales and sperm whales off the South and West Coasts.

The journey to the hill country has been named one of the most picturesque journeys in the world. The cultural triangle in the north central plains known as ‘Rajarata’ – Land of the Kings is a time portal into ancient kingdoms. The marine national parks make it a surfer’s, snorkeler’s and diver’s dream.

No wonder it is called The Pearl of the Indian Ocean.

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  • Our recent Trade Travel “A Big Week Outback” trip with the Probus Club of Breakfast Point showed us how important it is to look at the country in greater depth. Travelling with the Probus group enabled us to delve beneath the surface and see real outback families and experience the outback in all its many and varied facets. We would recommend the Trade Travel “A Big Week Outback” to all.Client of Trade Travel
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  • The girls in res are brilliant, when I need a quote or booking I go straight to them, knowing they’ll give us the best possible price and they know exactly what we need.”Val Henry
    Tour Coordinator for Donald Simpson Centre

  • Our "FAMIL" program is an excellent way for Group and Tour leaders to go and experience a destination first hand. You get to sample the airline, meet the accommodation and touring providers and sample the local cuisine. It is a WIN/WIN situation and a lot of fun!Mark O'Brien
    Trade Travel Director

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