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Sri Lanka Calling Vol 1 No 47



Greetings from Sri Lanka!

Greetings from sunny Sri Lanka; from the land of many treasures,
a land like no other:



The 53 member nation, Commonwealth, will hold its, Youth Ministers Meeting in Colombo with the opening ceremonies on the 27th of April at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall.

Around 250 delegates including Ministers and Deputy Ministers have confirmed participation. The workshops and sessions will be held from the 28th to the 30th of April at the Cinnamon Grand Hotel in Colombo.

Sri Lanka Tourism extends a warm welcome to all delegates attending the conference and look forward to delighting them with an introduction to the World Heritage Site and popularly known 8th wonder of the world Sigirya.


Deputy Minister of Tourism Hon. Faizer Mustapha will lead the delegation to the 14th Arabian Travel Market in Dubai on May 6th.

The organizers are gearing up to present the Sri Lanka stall on a theme based on Ceylon Tea and will also display other items of national pride gems and jewellery and handicrafts; with a craftsman in attendance. The Channa-Upuli Dance Foundation will also perform giving the visitors a glimpse of the rich cultural diversity of Sri Lanka.

National carrier SriLankan Airlines is scheduled to launch a special promotional programme titled Middle East - Kids Go Free at this event.




The 23rd Som Nath Chib Memorial Lecture; was an important feature of the recently concluded South Asian Travel and Tourism Exhibition 2008 held in New Delhi. The event proved to be a successful interactive session for leaders of the south Asian regions tourism industry. 

Organized by the Inder Sharma Foundation, and chaired by Shilabhadra Banerjee, Secretary Tourism Government of India. Sri Lanka Tourism Chairman, Renton de Alwis delivered this years Som Nath Chib Memorial Lecture and spoke on South Asian Tourism; the Way Ahead. The response was delivered by Dr Shahzad Qaiser, Secretary Ministry of Tourism of Pakistan.  
Sri Lankas High Commissioner to India Romesh Jayasinghe, leaders of the tourism industry of India and senior Chib family members were among the distinguished invitees at the lecture. 

The Sri Lanka Tourism stall at the exhibition focused on the Ramayana Trail, a new and off the beaten track product, which attracted many inquiries and is expected to draw visitors in numbers, to explore the hitherto unexplored sites believed to be connected to Valmikis epic poetic work; The Ramayanaya.     

Repeat visitors to hotels of the Aitken Spence Group will join a group of privileged pe
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