Sri Lanka Tourism – Media Release

August 10, 2010 at 6:32 pm

French government modify travel advisory to permit visits to tourism areas
in Sri Lanka

The French Foreign Ministry updated its travel advisory on Sri Lanka today, advising their nationals that, apart from the Northern and Eastern parts of the country, travel to the rest of the island is relatively safe.

While reminding their nationals that terrorism is a risk, the advisory notes that foreigners have never been targeted, though there remains the possibility of collateral damage. Tourists have been advised to exercise maximum vigilance and to follow security measures adopted by the local authorities. The advisory states that tourists should not use public transport in and between cities, as buses have been targeted by terrorists in the past.

The modified travel advisory is now similar to the position adopted by other European governments such as the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium and Switzerland.

“We are pleased to note that the French government has taken this position on tourist visits to Sri Lanka and we hope to introduce immediate awareness promotion programs to get this message across to the travel agents and tour operators in France. We shall do our utmost to make sure that the French visitor arrivals will soon return to its potential given the circumstances we operate in” said Renton de Alwis, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourist Board.

For more information contact :

Ruan de Alwis
Director – Office du Tourisme de Sri Lanka
08 Rue de Choiseul
75002 Paris, France
Telephone: 00 331 426 04999
E-mail: info@srilanka.fr

or

Dharshan Hennedige
Personal Assistant to Chairman
Sri Lanka Tourist Board
80, Galle Road, Colombo 3, Sri Lanka
Telephone: + 94 1 243 6613 / 6618
Email: chairman@srilanka.travel