A new year can only mean one thing for The Independent’s travel desk: a new list of dream destinations that we’re planning trips to. After years of pandemic-related restrictions, it’s hopefully the first year that travel should be broadly back to “normal”, with most countries having opened back up toContinue Reading

Contradicting the statement issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism declaring new guidelines for inbound tourists, Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said Sri Lanka entry status quo remains unchanged. He said in a Twitter post that Ministry of Health is in real-time discussion with the World Health Organisation (WHO) and any statementContinue Reading

Walkers Tours, a leading destination management company, is readying to welcome two cruises, MS Amera and MS Artania belonging to the Phoenix Reisen, Germany. The cruises carrying German nationals are expected to arrive this week and the third week of January. MS Amera, a mid-sized premium category passenger cruise vesselContinue Reading

Indian tourists accounted for 17% of all tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka in 2022, according to reports. Close to 120,000 tourists visited the island nation from India this year out of a total of 700,000. Russia was the second-largest source market with close to 87,000 tourists this year. The GovernmentContinue Reading

POLITICAL STABILITY: A new President, prime minister and key cabinet members have been appointed and are working collectively to address key issues in the country. Tailor-Made Sri Lanka and Maldives Holidays   PROTESTS / SAFETY: The main protest site has been vacated after the change in government. There has neverContinue Reading

Ayurveda specialists in India are expecting a busier season for medical tourism as Sri Lanka, a major competitor in the field, struggles with tourism disruption on the back of an unprecedented unrest. Kairali Ayurvedic Group Executive Director Abhilash K. Rameshsaid: “What’s happening in Sri Lanka is unfortunate. We expect internationalContinue Reading

According to the Central Bank’s latest statistics, Sri Lanka’s earnings from tourism in the first eight months of 2022 have increased to $ 892.8 million (Rs. 246 billion). This is a significant increase compared to the previous year, as tourism earnings in the first eight months of 2021 only amountedContinue Reading