Awards keep rolling in for Sri Lanka

12th Jul 2013

Tourists have been voting with their feet for Sri Lanka as one of the world's best holiday hotspots for decades. Now travel award judges are officially confirming this.

The south Asian tropical island paradise was named as the world's no. 1 destination to visit in 2013 by Lonely Planet.

It has already been ranked one of the world's top five destinations to visit over the past three years by Conde Nast, National Geographic, and the New York Times, among others.

It's not difficult to see why this Indian Ocean country is so highly favoured by holidaymakers on group tours and travel award judges alike.

This magical island offers visitors endless beaches, timeless ruins and cultural sites, welcoming locals, herds of elephants, killer surf, cheap prices, fun trains, famous tea, flavourful food, eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and improved infrastructure.

The so-called Pearl Of The Indian Ocean is largely served by Bandranaike International Airport, which handles more than six-million passengers a year, while Hambantota International Airport in Mattala opened in March.

With over one-million tourist arrivals last year, Sri Lanka tourism chiefs have set a goal of 22,500 rooms in the next five years when holiday arrivals are expected to hit 2.5 million.

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