Since gaining independence in 1947, the beautiful island of Sri Lanka has continued to attract foreign investors and tourists to the country. Tourism has seen an increase in Sri Lanka, with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) recording 2.1 million arrivals in 2016. Tourism is considered to be one of the foremost industries that provide a wide range of employment opportunities for young people. The Sri Lanka Development Authority (SLTDA) 2016 annual report indicated there are 146,115 staff in all grades indirect employment in the industry.
Over the past few years, Sri Lanka has seen a continuous rise in the number of tourists travelling to the country. Indeed, tourists flock from all across the globe to enjoy Sri Lanka’s pristine beaches, untouched wilds and to immerse themselves in the island’s bountiful experiences.
Several factors have contributed to Sri Lankan tourism’s continuous uptick. One of the major reasons has been the constant recognition the country has received from various international outlets. For example, Sri Lanka has recently been recognised by several reputed travel guides as one of the best locations to go on a safari outside of Africa!
The Sri Lankan Tourism Industry looks to go from strength to strength as time goes on as it looks to cement the country’s position as one of the must-visit locations in all of Asia. The promise of Sri Lanka is a promise of hope, of family, of tolerance, of deep awareness, of diversity, of sincere connection to humanity and nature and generosity.