A British newspaper has named Sri Lanka a travel “Hot Spot” for 2011. It offered suggestions for what tourists may do while visiting.
London’s The Independent newspaper said these range from watching world-class cricket to tasting world-famous Ceylon tea. It notes that the island nation is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of visitors. An article, titled: “2011′s tourism hotspots: What to do in Sri Lanka,” reports that the travel guide website Lonely Planet has ranked Sri Lanka as one of its top-10 places to visit in 2011, calling it the “Jewel of the Indian Ocean.” The article adds, “this year, Sri Lankan tourism authorities are aiming for 700,000 and by 2016 the country hopes to pull in 2.5 million overseas visitors annually. The London paper notes that 2011 looks as if it will be a bright year for Sri Lankan tourism, with officials laying on different events every month to drum up interest as part of the “Visit Sri Lanka Year”. The Independent states tourism is a major industry in Sri Lanka and is set to grow even more in the coming years.