Visit by British Royals boosts Sri Lanka tourism

Jan 09, Colombo: A recent visit by British Royals to the country is a boost for tourism, the Sri Lankan government officials said Monday.

Britain’s Prince Michael of Kent accompanied by Princess Michael has toured Sri Lanka recently, according to an official statement released Monday.

The royals who were on a private visit to the island have visited a few tourist attractions in the country and among the places they visited was the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage that houses the world’s largest elephant herd in captivity.

Pinnawala officials have facilitated the visit with a planting of a tree, the officials have said. Pictures of the princess feeding baby elephants have been released to the media.

“This kind of high profile visits are welcome at a time we are trying to reach out to high end tourists,” Sri Lanka Tourism’s Acting Director General Vipula Wanigasekera has been quoted as saying by media reports.

Prince Michael of Kent is a grandson of King George V and Queen Mary and a cousin of Queen Elizabeth II. He is representing the Queen at certain functions in Commonwealth realms.

Sri Lanka has been a British colony since 1815 until the country gained independence from colonial rule in 1948.

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