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Sri Lanka Calling Vol.03 - No.19

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  • Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau
    Sri Lanka Tourism officials made an abiding impression on Mohomad Albordiny and wife, who arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport reaching at 4.15
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 2, 2011
      Sri Lanka Calling Vol.03 - No.19
      Sri Lanka Calling Vol.03-No.19
      Refreshingly Sri Lanka Visit 2011 


       Sri Lanka Tourism officials made an abiding impression on Mohomad Albordiny and wife, who arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport reaching at 4.15 p.m. flying in on a Qatar Airways flight from Doha making them the 750,000th tourist to land in Colombo this year, making it a record year for Tourism, with an optimism looking towards registering a million arrivals by year end.

      A peace dividend, going hand in hand with positive feedback of repeat visitors and the media’s pivotal role have all been contributory in the increase in the numbers of visitors, with many industry stalwarts in the global arena also paying glowing tributes to the destinations ‘magic’ and ‘wonder.’

      2010 registered 654,476 visitors. The increase this year is reflected, with more visitors from Latin America, the Caribbean and also the western European countries of Austria, Belgium, Denmark, France and the Netherlands, and the traditional markets of UK and Germany registering high numbers.

      Sri Lanka Tourism will continue to present the most attractive features of the destination to visitors, keeping in mind the target of 2.6 million arrivals by the year 2016.

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       Sri Lanka Design Festival 2011 (SLDF) a collaborative effort with the Academy Of Design (AOD) which was last month, drew high praise among fashion and design circles for: their creativity, focussing the spotlight on local craftsmen, for rewarding those who had shown exceptional talent, skill and innovation.

      A special feature this year was the work of local artisans, who displayed their skill and talent at the Craft Exhibition, which featured the work of craftsmen mainly from the villages of Narivizhikulum, Marathamunai, Mannar, Talagune and Divulapitiya and other far off rural places whose work was supported by international designers from the AOD. This venture of AOD, comes under their project - Design and Fashion for Social Development( DFSD), which recognizes the role and potential of local craftsmen in the socioeconomic development of Sri Lanka.

      The recognition of the outstanding creations, of up and coming young designers, by industry leaders, also, received commendation as it was a motivator and a fillip to education and training in the field of design. Matheesha Plihawadana, won an education scholarship from Textured Jersey, while another brilliant student Isuru Liyanage was recognized for his special work, with the artisans in Dickwella: the village famous for Beeralu lace, and was awarded a scholarship by the Travel Foundation’s Sri Lanka arm the Responsible Tourism Partnership. Nithya Lamahewa’s innovative use of thread to create fashion garments won her an award from Coats Thread Global, while Shayani de Alwis and Dilini Dogangoda were awarded internships at MAS Linea Aqua, for their creative swimwear collections.

      SLDF 2011 was conceptualized and organized by AOD with the cooperation of the Ministry of Economic Development, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and Sri Lanka Apparel.

      Visit: http://www.srilankadesignfestival.com/

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       Writing to ‘The Australian’ Dinoo Kelleghan, describes her experience of one of Sri Lanka’s most spectacular scenes - ‘the gathering’ which takes place in the north central province in Minneriya. For a lover of wild life and large animals, this spectacle is a must see event in Sri Lanka.

      Defying the norm that small islands cannot be home to big animals Sri Lanka prides itself in being one of Asia’s best known destinations to see elephants in the wild. Dinoo writes of one particular ‘big animal experience’.

      For full story visit: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/travel/the-gathering-of-giants/story-e6frg8rf-1226195967646

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       Taking a trip to the south coast of Sri Lanka were 10 lucky models, who were in Colombo recently participating in the Sri Lanka Design Festival, held from 16th to 19th November. Combining business with pleasure, being present at a photo shoot in Galle, enjoying the Dutch fortifications and the World Heritage Site listed town, the models were the guests of SriLankan Airlines and had the privilege of taking SriLankan AirTaxis to Koggala.

      Air Taxis have become increasingly popular and many short visit travellers and business travellers choose to travel inland by air with air space being available in post conflict Sri Lanka, and in view of the novelty even locals are taking to the air for speed to get to the location of choice.

      In addition to Koggala, SriLankan AirTaxi now operates scheduled flights to Kandy, Bentota, Dickwella, Nuwara Eliya and to Dambulla, with charter operations being available to Tissamaharamaya, Hambanthota, Victoria(Kandy), Castlereagh, Trincomalee, Amparai, Arugam Bay, Iranamadu and Kilinochchi.

      Charter flights to Batticaloa will also be available in the near future says a communiqué issued by Sri Lankan Airlines operators of the SriLankan AirTaxi service.

      For more details visit www.srilankan.lk

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       On the basis of a resolution taken at the Governing Board meeting of the SAARC Information Centre held in Kathmandu Nepal in December 2010, a seminar titled ‘The Role of Media in promoting tourism for enhancing people to people contact' was held at the Gateway Hotel, Airport Garden, Seeduwa, north of Colombo on 13th November.

      W B Ganegala Secretary to the Ministry of Mass communication addressing the seminar said "Communication network has become more efficient and informative with the use of the internet and such sophisticated communication technologies. Tools of modern media and communication are complex and hence, I suppose the tourism industry faces a challenge to choose the most appropriate and fastest methods and practices in promoting tourism.”

      For full text of speech visit: http://www.dailynews.lk/2011/11/14/news21.asp

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       Airport and Aviation Services Sri Lanka Ltd (AASL) recently opened to the public a luxury lounge ‘Silk Route’ to ensure the comfort of passengers departing from the Bandaranaike International Airport. The new departure lounge ‘Silk Route’ will ensure that the travel experience of the discerning and the comfort seeking will be smooth and hassle free – a service that provides a one on one service to travellers to check-in and covers attending to customs and immigration formalities ensuring a smooth and hassle free departure. AASL was supported by Mobitel (Pvt) Ltd, in implementing this facility.

      Airport and Aviation Services chairman speaking at the launch of ‘Silk Route’ said “Day by day we are improving the facilities we offer to air travel passengers and the additional domestic airport operating from the BIA and the new phase II of the international airport will further enhance the standards and appeal of the Bandaranaike International Airport, which is already considered one of the best airports in the region. With the recent influx of tourists into our country, it is important that state-of-the-art facilities and high service standards are in place to resonate the nation’s growth potential to prospective stakeholders.”

      For more on the story visit: http://www.airport.lk

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       Please refer www.srilanka.travel for more..
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      Sri Lanka Tourism wishes to thank all stakeholders for their wonderful support and assistance and wishes to invite them to get involved with 'Sri Lanka calling'.

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