The New Year 2020 kicked off with a fresh start and good vibes for Sri Lanka, for the island destination bagged its first award of the year, as Asia’s best destination for Wildlife Tourism at Top Asia Corporate Ball 2019, held in Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sri Lanka was ranked first for the category of “Asia’s Best Nation for Wildlife Tourism”, from a survey conducted on Asian countries and out of 5 short listed countries, selected by Top 10 Asia’s premier publications.
H.E Kapila Jayampathy, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Malaysia, represented Sri Lanka to receive this special honor amidst an audience of distinguished guests.
Adding another feather to Sri Lanka’s cap, CNN Travel included Sri Lanka along with 19 countries as ‘20 best places to visit for 2020’. The list includes Chile Lake District, Copenhagen, Denmark, The Dead Sea, Dominica, Estonia, Galway, Ireland, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Kyushu Japan, New Caledonia, Parity and Ilha Grande, Brazil, São Tomé and Príncipe, St. Petersburg, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Vancouver Island, British Colombia, Washington, D.C., Wuppertal, Germany, Wyoming and Zambia.
A part of CNN’s quote on Sri Lanka was read as, “The South Asian island nation of Sri Lanka is as ancient as it is beautiful; as complex a civilization now as at any time in its 2,000-year history. Despite recent tumult (the horrific terror attacks last Easter), Sri Lanka remains an essential destination, an epicenter of history, with relics and ruins, temples and palaces, wildlife running free.”
Going back to a recap of 2019, Sri Lanka was able to receive several international endorsements, including emerging as the winner of “Asia’s Leading Adventure Tourism Destination” and “Asia’s Leading Emerging Tourism Destination – Colombo”, at the World Travel Awards. The ceremony was held at the Vinepearl Convention Center in Phu Quoc , Vietnam, for the 26th consecutive year, amidst a large number of Travel & Leisure Industry stakeholders, and Tourism officials from all across the globe.
Sri Lanka was also nominated among the first six Asian countries for solo female travelers by Lonely Planet. Sri Lanka was given this recognition along with several other countries including Singapore, Hoi an, Vietnam, Flores, Indonesia, Tokyo, Japan, Istanbul, Turkey, South Korea and the Philippines.