The GM of Avani resorts, Singrid Stelling, has been on record to say that the guests’ expectations of what holidays to Sri Lanka should be need to be higher, despite the fact that there are holidaymakers willing to pay for the current hotel process. The ever-growing Sri Lankan hospitality industry needs to keep up and match that of other countries nearby and around the world.
Fantastic Holidays to Sri Lanka
The experienced hotelier showed confidence that holidays to Sri Lanka are becoming more popular and thanks to the unspoilt nature of it, it’s only going to grow and get bigger in the coming years. Similar to nearby Thailand, there are unspoilt beaches, white sands, wildlife, green mountains, a unique culture and a population of friendly people. However, unlike Thailand, Sri Lanka remains intact and without the Government upsets that the Land of Smiles suffers all too often. Sri Lanka could well be the new Thailand as tourism hasn’t overrun the country and there are many untapped destinations that backpackers would be seeking out.
Sri Lanka is more idyllic and laid-back compared to the hustle and bustle of Thailand. The GM has been a manager in many Thai hotels and knows the country inside-out, so her views of Sri Lanka come in high praise. She’s also worked in resorts around China and Europe, therefore she has a wide range and knowledge of the industry. She did express the need for Sri Lanka to have increased infrastructure with proper expressways and better links from the airports at Hambantota and the Port before tourism can really grow and make an impact on the country.
The new airport at Mattala on the east coast bodes well for tourism as this side of the country can be developed and enhanced with the help of tourism. It also means that travelling to the south has been halved in time thanks to the new airport. The great thing about holidays to Sri Lanka is the lack of high-rise buildings and untouched beaches. This is ideal for travellers looking for that Maldives holidays feel without the price. The existing properties blend in with nature and new ones are sympathetically created to ensure that the beaches and landscape have a clean look.
The hotelier mentions a need to focus on the needs of the tourism industry and the needs of the guests that arrive. There is an expansion programme that includes exclusive properties, hotels and boutique buildings that should draw in the luxury traveller. That means that more and more people will be heading on Sri Lanka holidays than ever before. She mentions that she is impressed with Geoffrey Bawa’s architecture and thanks him for the great work on the country’s hospitality industry.
She’s been in the country for 6 months and has taken time to visit the key tourism places and places of interest so she has personal experience of the destinations that her guests could travel to. Those include the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Yala National Park, Nuwara Eliya, Kandy, whale watching at Mirissa, and blesses the country for the stunning surprises that it gives.