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    MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release Colombo – 21 February 2009 LTTE air raid foiled - Both rebel light aircraft destroyed - Sri Lanka Tourism to launch
    Message 1 of 1 , Feb 24, 2009



      For immediate release

      Colombo – 21 February 2009


      LTTE air raid foiled

      - Both rebel light aircraft destroyed
      - Sri Lanka Tourism to launch exciting offers for the summer, targeting the European traveler.

       Two light aircraft, which entered the city of Colombo , were destroyed by the air defence system last night ( 20th Feb 2009 ). Defence sources revealed that they received information regarding aircraft heading in the direction of Colombo around 9.45 last night. Following the information, the air defence system was activated causing the two rebel aircraft to abort their missions.

       One aircraft disabled by the anti aircraft gunfire crashed on the Inland Revenue Department building in the city while the other in a location close to Negambo.

       No tourists were harmed or injured and all pre-planned events are taking place as scheduled.  The Colombo Fashion Week, which kicked off on Thursday will continue through today as planned.

       Operations at the International Airport in Katunayake are continuing as normal and flights are operating as scheduled.  

       Meanwhile, Sri Lanka Tourism is gearing up for a global communication campaign by the end of April this year. This is expected to usher in a new era for Sri Lanka across the world after an imminent defeat of tiger separatists following a 30 year struggle.

       Despite the incident last night, life is back to normal in Sri Lanka

       Isolated incidents such these are not hampering the Sri Lankan Government’s stance on planning for a new tourism strategy. The government is positive about the post war scenario and is looking at a marketing strategy for Sri Lanka Tourism.

       Special value based packages will be introduced  from India and Europe and also road shows in Middle East, India, Russia, France and China.

       Sri Lanka Tourism plans to communicate positive developments of the country with a soft launch of its new brand during ITB, which is the largest travel fair in the world scheduled to be held from 11th to 15th March 2009 , in Berlin .

       In early February Sri Lanka Tourism launched a special promotion for Japanese Market – a tactical campaign with SriLankan Airlines.

      A complete revamp of all communication material with a new logo and tagline will be launched, while simultaneously a print and electronic campaign would also be launched in prominent international trade magazines and on BBC, CNN, Al Jazeera and Discovery Travel & Living.

      Tourism Hotline-            

      Calling from overseas-  our 24hrs travel  information centre can be reached at +94 (0)11 2252411 or if you are calling from within Sri Lanka you can call the Tourism Information hotline number 1912. 


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      For further information please contact:

      Gaya Nagahawatta 
      Media Coordinator 
      Sri Lanka Tourism, 80, Galle Road , Colombo 3, Sri Lanka 
      Tel: +94 (0) 112437055/ 59/ 60 Ext 265, 
      (Direct): +94 (0) 11 2426958                                                                                                               
        Fax: +94 (0) 112440001                                                                                                          
      Web: www.srilanka.travel                                                                                                             
      Email: gaya@..., nagaha@...


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