Sri Lanka ranked amongst world’s top five wellness destinations
Daily FT: Sri Lanka has been ranked amongst the top five ‘Wellness Tourism Destinations’ in the world by the Global Wellness Institute.
The announcement was made by Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga in Paris during a meeting of the tourism ministers held in parallel to the IFTM Top Resa in Paris, France.
Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, Egypt Tourism Minister Khaled El-Anany, Greece Tourism Minister Vassilis Kikilias, Jordan Tourism Minister Nayef Hamidi Mohomad Al-Fayez, Dominican Republic Tourism Minister David Collado, and Mauritius Tourism Minister Steven Obeegadoo were present at the meeting.
Ranatunga pointed out that post-COVID-19 pandemic, most of the tourists in the world have paid more attention to mental and physical well-being and practices.
He highlighted that Sri Lanka has Ayurveda and Hela Wedakama (traditional medicine), which have been in existence for thousands of years, and that the Government has taken steps to develop the sector and more allocations have been made to further strengthen the wellness tourism sector of the industry.
Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has continuously promoted new tourism concepts to boost the country as an attractive tourist destination that caters to a large clientele. The country’s tourism industry is once again on the path to recovery after facing the impact of the global Covid 19 pandemic. Sri Lanka is now recording a steady growth in tourist arrivals following the easing of travel restrictions for foreign travellers, the accelerated vaccination programme carried out in the country and the receipt of the internationally recognised safety and hygiene certifications by Sri Lanka’s airports. The growth in the tourism industry has also expanded the business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.
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