Sri Lanka trying to regain its place as a tourist paradise

Eight days after panic evacuation of tourists from Sri Lanka, travel agents and tour operators are cautiously looking at the possibility of re-selling the island. Eight days after panic evacuation of tourists from Sri Lanka, travel agents and tour operators are cautiously looking at the possibility of re-selling the island. “Two large tour operators, from the UK and Germany are scheduled to visit on an inspection tour from January 7 to the 12,” Darshana Cabraal, senior manager, Jetwing Travels, told Lanka Business Online on Tuesday.

“They are coming especially to go and see the coastal areas, down South and Negombo. They will also visit other interior places,” said Cabraal.

The Sri Lanka Tourist Board confirmed that some of the world’s biggest tour operators have announced that by end January, they will resume bookings from the UK, France and Germany, to Sri Lanka’s beach locations.

Slightly over a week ago tour operators were forcing tourists to leave the island for fear of another tsunami and the Tourist Board requested potential visitors to postpone their visit to Sri Lanka.

But now the travel and tourism trade is looking at getting bac