Sri Lanka named best destination in Asia for animal tourism in the Top Asia Corporate ball 2019, and selected among the 20 best places to visit in 2020 ” by CNN Travel – Adaderana Biz
The New Year 2020 has started with a fresh start and good vibes for Sri Lanka as the island destination won its first prize of the year, as Asia’s best destination for animal tourism at the Top Asia Corporate ball. 2019, held at Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Sri Lanka was ranked first for the category ”Best nation in Asia for wildlife tourism ”, based on a survey carried out on Asian countries and on 5 preselected countries, selected by the top 10 publications in Asia. HE Kapila Jayampathy, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka to Malaysia, represented Sri Lanka to receive this special honor amid an audience of distinguished guests, including Malaysian CEOs and personalities from 20 Asian countries. The event was hosted by RHS Media, which is the publisher of leading business, celebrity and lifestyle magazines, Top 10 Malaysia and Top 10 Asia.
Adding another feather to Sri Lanka’s cap, CNN Travel has included Sri Lanka as well as 19 countries as ” 20 best places to visit ” for 2020. According to CNN Travel’s 20 places to visit in 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, Saint Petersburg, Russia, Sri Lanka, Tunisia, Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Washington, DC, Wuppertal, Germany, Wyoming and Zambia. Part of CNN’s quote on Sri Lanka read as, “The South Asian island nation of Sri Lanka is as ancient as it is beautiful; a civilization as complex today as at any time in its 2,000-year history. Despite the recent uproar (the horrific terrorist attacks last Easter), Sri Lanka remains a must-see destination, an epicenter of history, with relics and ruins, temples and palaces, wild animals roaming free.
Sitting in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern tip of India, travelers may by default think of Sri Lanka as a beach getaway. But to really immerse yourself in the country’s history, go inland and visit the country’s cultural triangle.
Start in the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which was the country’s capital in the 12th century. This UNESCO World Heritage Site includes the ruins of Buddhist temples and dagobas (domed shrines) and is frequented by Buddhist monks dressed in orange robes.
A little over an hour west by car is the rock fortress, Sigiriya. Sometimes referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World,” this ancient volcanic formation that stands over 200 meters (656 feet) high was transformed into a palace fortress in the second half of the 5th century. Another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sigiriya is one of the most visited sites in Sri Lanka. ”
Going back to a recap of 2019, Sri Lanka was able to receive several international mentions, notably as the winner of “Best Adventure Travel Destination in Asia” and “The first emerging tourist destination in Asia – Colombo”, at the World Travel Awards which were held at the Vinepearl Convention Center in PhuQuoc, Vietnam, on the 26e year in a row, amid a large number of travel and leisure industry players and tourism officials from around the world.
Sri Lanka has been nominated among the top six Asian countries for women traveling alone by Lonely Planet. According to Sofia Levin, who writes for Lonely Planet magazine, “ You could spend a few days in Colombo, but for a more peaceful environment, head to the hills. Nuwara Eliya is Sri Lankan tea country with green hills and fresh air, but I preferred the laid back little town of Ella. Sri Lanka received this recognition along with several other countries including Singapore, Hoi an, Vietnam, Flores, Indonesia, Tokyo, Japan, Istanbul, Turkey, South Korea and the Philippines.
Sri Lanka is recognized among tourists as a destination with so much to explore, having the easy accessibility of traveling to all places in one day, exclusive beaches and the friendly and hospitable nature of its people. These characteristics of Sri Lanka are the key factors that attract tourists to the destination, and these achievements received at the start of the new year, will further encourage tourist arrivals to explore the uniqueness of the region. “ Pearl of the Indian Ocean ” This year.
Graham Cooke, Founder, WTA, presenting awards to selected winners