The following season 2018/19 the island looked to have made a quick recovery from the travel advisories imposed by governments, only to be hit by the global lockdown caused by COVID 19.
The entire world was rocked by the virus and for the first time in our lives all travel was brought to a complete standstill, a previously unheard of phenomenon.
For the duration of COVID 19 many businesses suffered, some just placed on hold, others unable to make it through as the face of travel as we know it was changed, thankfully not for good.
The rules imposed made travel a scary prospect for many and for countries such as Sri Lanka, whose economy was heavily dependent on tourist dollars, slowly slid down the slippery slope of economic problems.
Coupled with the mismanagement of a corrupt political system and a diminished tea crop the outlook was bleak at best.