Maree Joll, Travel Associates Mt Eden; Zoe Clarke, World Journeys; Janet Lewisham, The Travel Brokers and Judith Wesley, World Journeys Maree Joll, Travel Associates Mt Eden; Zoe Clarke, World Journeys; Janet Lewisham, The Travel Brokers and Judith Wesley, World Journeys

Sri Lanka ‘back on the map’

The watching and waiting is over for Sri Lankan tourism as Kiwi visitors return with enthusiasm after this year’s Easter terrorism attack.

 

‘We have had a real spike in Sri Lanka over the last couple of months,’ says World Journeys director, Kate Couling. ‘There is pent up demand and we are pretty confident the 2020-21 season is going to surpass previous levels.’ The trade were treated to a taste of Sri Lanka in Auckland this week when World Journeys and resort operator Resplendent Ceylon hosted an event at Taste. ‘It’s great to have Resplendent Ceylon here (visiting Auckland) because their products are so unique and eclectic,’ says Couling.

 

‘They are all very different. The most famous is Tea Trails – it’s extremely popular, fully inclusive and with tea excursions. You get there by catching the heritage train that departs near Kandy.’ A popular itinerary for World Journeys is its ‘cultural triangle’ of Colombo, Sigiriya, Kandy, Hatton tea area and Yala National Park or the old Portuguese port of Galle. ‘We also do more indepth itineraries, and we can tailor them.’ A combination of southern India and Sri Lanka works well, says Couling, with clients often ending their trip with a few days in the Maldives.

 

 

 

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