Sri Lanka assess risks across key tourist spots

May 01, 2012 (LBO) – Sri Lanka has completed preliminary work assessing the risks of most frequented tourist sites, as the island beefs up its leisure products to welcome more holidaymakers, officials said.

The project was mooted, after an Australian tourist accidently died after walking-off the Hortain Plains in the central mountain regions last year, said Nilmin Nanayakkara, president of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators.

The Australian tourist’s family admitted it was their fault, but we wanted to evaluate and avoid future risks, as it makes good business sense, Nanayakkara said.

Malcolm Ellis, who heads UK’s TUI Travel PLC’s activity health and safety unit, spent nearly two weeks crisscrossing the island to evaluate risks in cultural, heritage, mountains, tropical jungles and safari parks.

We can’t take the adventure out of adventure, Ellis told reporters in Colombo. We have to be aware of the risks we are taking and I believe nothing in Sri Lanka should be stopped.

Ellis, who toured Anuradhapura, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Pasikudah, Trincomalee, the hill country, Yala, Mirissa and Negombo, trekked through tourist sights and also took safar