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‘Sri Lanka Tourism assures safety of tourists’

SLTPB Chairman, Kishu Gomes and other officials at  Sri Lanka Tourism Press Conference
SLTPB Chairman, Kishu Gomes and other officials at Sri Lanka Tourism Press Conference

Sri Lanka Tourism participated at the Press Conference of Sri Lanka hosted by the Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) at the Arabian Travel Mart (ATM) in Dubai, which was a well-attended event with the participation of over 50 media personnel representing leading global and regional media organizations.

This was in addition to many electronic and print media interviews done on one-on-one basis at the Sri Lanka pavilion which included CNN, Euro news and Kahaleej Times. There were other interviews done in the studios of media houses including Dubai Eye.

The press conference started with all media observing a two minute silence in honour of the innocent victims of the terror attack.

Chairman, Kishu Gomes speaking at the press conference, gave a detailed update on the current situation, impact on tourists and action taken by the government to support all tourists affected by the incident.

He continued by saying that Sri Lanka Tourism had not stopped any promotional activities and would continue with all the planned activities for 2019, as Sri Lanka Tourism would not leave any room for terrorist to beat Sri Lanka.

“The current issue is only safety related, while the tourism value proposition remains unchanged, which has been enjoyed by millions of tourists from across the world. With a safe environment being restored in the immediate future, Sri Lanka Tourism is confident that global travellers would relook at Sri Lanka for future travel.”

Almost one week after the horrendous terrorist attack in Sri Lanka, the ATM media platform was a great opportunity to enlighten foreign media on the current situation in Sri Lanka and the efforts that are being taken by the Tourism Ministry and the industry in lieu of safety and security of the tourists.

The head- table panel at the press conference consisted of the Consul General of Sri Lanka for Dubai & Northern Emirates, CharithaYattogoda, Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism, Kishu Gomes, CEO, Sri Lankan Airlines, Vipula Gunatilleke, Director, Public Relations, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) Dushan Wickramasuriya.

The Tourism industry was represented by Past President, Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO), Nalin Jayasundara, Executive Committee member, The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) and Bandula Ekanayake.

He continued by saying that Sri Lanka Tourism had not stopped any promotional activities and would continue with the planned activities for 2019 as Sri Lanka Tourism would not leave any room for terrorists to beat Sri Lanka.

The Arabian Travel Market (ATM), is the largest annual professional and official exhibition for the Tourism market in the Middle East, which provides global exposure and business & travel opportunities for the tourism sector.


 

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