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Paris Deputy Mayor offers tourism revival advice

Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with Deputy Mayor of Paris Jean François Martins (right) and Agence Francaise de Developpement Country Director Martin Parent.
Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with Deputy Mayor of Paris Jean François Martins (right) and Agence Francaise de Developpement Country Director Martin Parent.

Deputy Mayor of Paris Jean Francois Martins visited Sri Lanka from June 5-6 to meet senior government officials and key private sector leaders on Sri Lanka’s tourism revival strategy following the Easter Sunday terror attacks in the country.

During the mission, the Mayor met with the Prime Minister, Tourism Minister, the Colombo Mayor and the Cabinet Subcommittee on Tourism, a release from the French Embassy said.

Martins is the Deputy Mayor overseeing tourism for the city of Paris. He visited on the invitation of the Sri Lankan government, to share lessons learnt from Paris’ own experience managing communications and security expectations following a series of coordinated terror attacks in the city in 2015.

In his conversations with the private sector, the Deputy Mayor highlighted the role played by French hoteliers and tour operators in engaging closely with travellers to support the government’s assurance of safety in Paris. He noted that tourism in Paris was able to recover rapidly from the attack’s aftermath due to a coordinated, cohesive and united communication strategy implemented jointly with the private sector.

“I express my sincere condolences to the families of all those who lost their lives on April 21,” said Martins. “This senseless act of terror has impacted the lives of all Sri Lankans. We commend the Sri Lankan government rapid response which prevented any further incidents.”

Martins’ visit was organized by Agence Francaise de Developpement (AFD) supported by the World Bank. The two organisations are expected to co-finance “the proposed Sri Lanka Sustainable Tourism Development project to be implemented by the Government of Sri Lanka (GoSL), focused on supporting the creation of conditions for increased private investment and sustained growth in the tourism sector.


 

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