It’s little wonder that Sri Lanka has been such a popular destination. There are so many wonderful aspects to this beautiful country; the lovely people, the culture, the landscape, the animals and much more. It’s a country full of history and great traditions.
Unfortunately the tragic events of Easter Sunday earlier this year caused many visitors to delay or defer their travel to Sri Lanka. As a result the tourism industry is suffering from an 80% decline which has created a great deal of social and economic distress.
The locals do their best to recover but there are many affected families right across the country - not just the ones involved directly in the tourism industry but all of those who provide support services. For some, the consequences are dire yet they still manage to smile.
The video above was shot in July this year by Beyond Travel, a specialist tour operator to Sri Lanka, and other destinations. Beyond Travel came to Sri Lanka to offer help. Not just by providing direct financial support to some of the worst affected families but also to help bolster tourism thereby creating a more sustainable financial recovery.
Consider a driver who has invested in his family’s future and leased a car. His employment relies directly on tourism. If he can’t pay his lease, both his immediate and long term income are in jeopardy. We can support him short term by paying the lease and this also secures his family’s long-term future.
Take, for example, the egg farmer who supplies hotels for their buffet breakfasts. His family’s livelihood relies indirectly on tourism. Without a market for his produce they may not be able to maintain their brood of chickens, which may in-turn affect their future. By receiving immediate relief they can maintain their brood and secure long-term viability of their farm when tourism rebounds.
EFT Support Sri Lanka via a Commonwealth Bank trust account administered by Beyond Travel Group for the Support Sri Lanka initiative. BSB 062-000 Account 1927 2248
Send a copy of the remittance to firstname.lastname@example.org and a tax receipt will be emailed back to you.
For each $30 donation you will receive a $30 Sri Lanka voucher redeemable on the
Sri Lanka and Beyond website. Conditions apply.
Visit Sri Lanka on a “Special” Beyond tour. You’ll benefit from savings up to $1,000 and help support Sri Lankans at the same time. Plus, Beyond travel will donate an additional $15 per person on tours of 10 Days or more.
There are so many wonderful things about Sri Lanka, if you haven’t been there this is the perfect time to do so.
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Sincere thanks to PayPal for their generous support providing immediate relief to families in Sri Lanka
Beyond Travel have already started the campaign. Together with PayPal they have contributed to helping sustain 30 families through cash donations, to both those directly employed in the tourism industry such as guides and drivers, and those whose livelihood directly relies on tours such as farmers.
In addition Beyond Travel has launched a range special tours to Sri Lanka in order to stimulate additional travel thereby providing sustainable support to families whose livelihoods depend on tourism, directly or indirectly.
In a bid to help more tourists return, Beyond Travel joined forces with an epic film crew and ventured to this beautiful land to capture what’s really happening behind the scenes.
AUSTRALIAN owned and operated destination specialist, The Beyond Travel Group, has launched an initiative, appealing to the Australian trade, consumer and general market, to boost tourism numbers back to Sri Lanka to assist a country devastated by the drastic drop in international visitors.