Sri Lanka named among emerging travel destinations

Nov 09, 2011 (LBO) – The global travel and tourism industry has identified Sri Lanka as part of a group of emerging countries with potential as attractive holiday destinations behind the so-called BRICS nations. The World Travel Market 2011 Industry Report said the island was ‘re-emerging’ after the 30-year ethnic war and noted it for ‘beauty of destination’ and ‘investing in infrastructure’.

The report said Indonesia, Malaysia, Mexico and Argentina are the other emerging counties behind the BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

Sri Lanka is experiencing a boom in tourists arrivals with the end of the conflict in 2009 with many new hotels being built or planned.

The island is also investing to modernise its ports and airports to cater to increased passenger and cargo flows.