(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) – Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), in collaboration with the Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Sydney organized Sri Lanka’s participation at the Travel Industry Exhibition held from 21 to 22 August 2018 at Dockside, Darling Harbor in Sydney.
Sri Lanka was the destination partner at this annual event, and a 14-member Sri Lankan travel trade and SLTPB official delegation showcased unparalleled diversity of the Island nation and the newest travel experiences at the exhibition.
On the first day of the exhibition, a press briefing over a Sri Lankan breakfast was organized at the Dockside Cold Room and more than 40 media personnel and travel trade members attended the networking meeting.
Damien Tudehope MP, the NSW State Parliament, Ms Rhonda Piggott, Director/Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade, Lal Wickrematunge, Consul General for Sri Lanka in Sydney, Sutheash Balasubramaniam, Managing Director/SLTPB and Sanjeewa Jayathilake, Country Manager/SriLankan Airlines in Melbourne spoke at the press briefing.
Managing Director/SLTPB made a presentation highlighting the major tourist attractions of the country, and a promotional video was screened. He said that Sri Lanka has a rich artistic tradition, with distinct creative forms that encompass music dance and arts. He further said that the culturally rich island is home to a number of different religions bringing with them their own traditions, festivals and parades making Sri Lanka a hotspot for tourists and locals alike. He added that Buddhist, Hindu and Muslims celebrations bring a unique flavor of dance, costume and music. A peacock dance item was presented to the audience at the press briefing. Sri Lankan delicacies including hoppers and Ceylon tea were served at the Breakfast Networking.
Sri Lanka is one of the fastest growing outbound leisure destination for Australia, with the country is now accessible via non-stop SriLankan Airline flights direct from Melbourne to Colombo.
The invited Australian guests and the media personnel joined the official opening of the Sri Lankan Pavilion while the Sri Lankan dance group performed traditional cultural items.
The Sri Lanka Consulate General had also arranged meetings with Council of Australian Tour Operators (CATO), the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA), Fairfax Media, Helloworld Group and Unique Tourism for the visiting tourism officials from the SLTPB.
Sri Lanka’s participation at the Travel Industry Show was coordinated by Abdul Raheem, Consul (Commercial) of the Sri Lanka Consulate General in Sydney and Ms Chami Gasnawage, Assistant Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.