Ambassador Udayanga Weeratunga of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in the Russian Federation arranged a familiarization tour for the party from the CIS countries from the 13th to 22th of November in association with the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau. The move is yet another persistent endeavour on the part of the ambassador in maintenance of the Sri Lankan tourism endorsement on CIS countries. The delegation of 75 associates of government officers, major media representatives, Republic of Belarus and Ukraine and tour and travel mediators from the Russian Federation had the ability to attain a first hand experience of the country’s hospitality and attractions.
Records of tourists arriving in Sri Lankafrom the CIS countries, Russiaand Ukraine, shows to be on top while Belarusshows promising progress. The delegation started the official activities by inspecting the exhibition “Reflections of Sri Lanka” on the 13th of November before attending the Tourism Forum on 14th of November. Their first visit outside Colombo was to Dambulla on the 15th, where the party headed to the ancient Rangiri Dambulla Temple and spent the night at the Cinnamon Lodge-Habarana. On the 16th, after a brief stay in Polonnaruwa, the delegation was at the hotelsAmayaLake andDeer Park. The next day after sightseeing the rock fortress, Sigiriya, they spent the night in the Cinnamon Citadel in Kandy.
The main purpose of these excursions was to offer the delegation an idea of all Sri Lankahas to offer from heritage, wildlife and scenery to the exquisite cuisine and the nation’s epitome of hospitality. Every morning the ambassador updated the foreigners on the educational aspects of the days outing, followed by consultation from professional guides provided the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau. On the 18th, the party went to the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens and Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage and was relocated to The Grand Hotel in Nuwara Eliya that evening. On the dawn of the 19th, after inspecting the Hakgala Botanical Garden, the party headed to the Yala Wildlife Sanctuary before resting in the Peacock Beach Hotel.
The delegation is supposed to view the immaculate beaches of the southern coastline on the 21st and 22nd of November. Their stay will be at the Hotel Vivante by Taj and after spending two days at Bentota, the delegation will appear at the Colombo International Airport on the 22nd of November.
The Sri Lankan Tourism Promotion Bureau hosted the largest international tourism forum held in the country in tangent to the Commonwealth Meeting, and the discussion was participated by 178 travel and tour operators, 38 media correspondents from 13 countries and was held in Battaramulla.