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Blogs from Tikalanka are designed to enhance your knowledge of Sri Lanka and Maldives and keep you up to date with recent developments. We intend to post regular features on travel, news, lifestyle and accommodation as well as guest articles from current and past customers, which will give you first-hand experience of Tikalanka, Sri Lanka and Maldives.

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TikaWeeks #19-2/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 7th May 2019

The UK Minister for Security and Economic Crime, Ben Wallace, returned from Sri Lanka recently, saying "As part of my visit, I have discussed our current travel advice and been clear that we hope to see the Sri Lankan tourism industry return to full strength. We will do all we can to help the Sri Lankan authorities with this."

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TikaWeeks #19-1/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 7th May 2019

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) continues to advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation following attacks on 21 April 2019. Hopefully as close to normality as possible will return to the island soon and the FCO will revise the travel advice to allow leisure visits once again. We will keep you posted with any further developments and please visit the FCO website for current official travel advice for Sri Lanka.

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TikaWeeks #17-2/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 25th April 2019

As an update on the current situation in Sri Lanka, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) today advise against all but essential travel to Sri Lanka, due to the current evolving security situation following attacks on 21 April 2019. We hope that this unprecedented travel advice will be a temporary measure and we will keep you posted with any further developments. For current official travel advice for Sri Lanka, please visit the FCO website.

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TikaWeeks #17-1/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 24th April 2019

Following the dreadful events in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, we are monitoring the situation on the island carefully and we will keep you updated with any developments. Thankfully, none of our customers or Sri Lankan team were directly involved in the attacks. Our thoughts are with all of the people affected by the bombings and we continue to support Sri Lanka wholeheartedly.

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President and Prime Minister of Sri Lanka celebrating Aluth Sahal Mangalyaya in Anuradhapura (courtesy of President’s Media Division)

TikaWeeks #15/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 8th April 2019

Less than a week to go until Aluth Avurudda (New Year) in the Sinhalese and Tamil communities of Sri Lanka. New Year traditionally begins at the sighting of the new moon, although, for convenience, it is now celebrated on 14 April each year. It also marks the end of the harvest season and of spring. This week’s update heralds the New Year, continues our geography series and features a news roundup.

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Typical Hill Country view, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #13/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 30th March 2019

“Where is Tikalanka?” queried a passer-by to their companion looking at the map on our stand at the Destinations holiday and travel show… “They can’t go!” said a friend to me under their breath. The point is that, despite the internet and our globally connected lifestyle, still not everyone knows where Sri Lanka is or what delights it has to offer. This week’s update introduces a short series on Sri Lanka’s geography, continues with our new accommodation listings and reviews topical news items.

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The pink tuk-tuks of Sri Lanka empowering and protecting women (courtesy of Al Jazeera)

TikaWeeks #12/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 22nd March 2019

It has been a very busy and eventful period for us since the Destinations holiday and travel show last month, with this being our peak holiday and booking season, so apologies for the radio silence. Firstly, we would like to thank everyone who visited us at Destinations, both potential customers and old friends! Things are moving fast in Sri Lanka, with many new hotels being developed and infrastructure improved, so this Sri Lanka update will try to cover what has been happening on the island over the past few months and with us as a company.

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Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, Olympia London from 31 January to 03 February 2019

TikaWeeks #04/2019: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 25th January 2019

A belated Happy New Year to one and all! We will be exhibiting at Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show at Olympia London from 31 January to 03 February 2019. This will be our 14th show since we launched in 2004 and a favourite of ours and customers alike. With Sri Lanka being the Lonely Planet choice for 2019, please come along to see us on Stand AP38 to book your holiday and free tickets to the show are on offer.

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Destinations: The Holiday & Travel Show, Olympia London, 31 January-03 February 2019

TikaWeeks #51/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 21st December 2018

Apologies for the long absence of TikaWeeks and, in the interim, much has happened. I spent another productive couple of weeks in Sri Lanka in October on my annual research trip, including very successful office and guide meetings. Visited WTM in London briefly to catch up with colleagues from Sri Lanka. Watched incredulously as the political situation on the island developed into a surreal farce…

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The Wallawwa, Kotugoda, Sri Lanka

TikaWeeks #35/2018: Sri Lanka update

Posted by John on 2nd September 2018

Last week’s launch of the new version of our Trip Planner is hotly followed by our new online Wedding Gift List this week, which uses the same platform. Our online Wedding Gift List enables you to create your ideal honeymoon to Sri Lanka and Maldives, and the itinerary acts as a list of voucher ideas for family and friends to purchase as wedding gifts. This week’s update launches the new online Wedding Gift List, advises of the annual closure of Yala National Park, concludes the Peoples of Sri Lanka series, and suggests first- or last-stop stays in Sri Lanka.

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