Major trade expo returns to Sri Lanka

AFTER a 15-year hiatus, the Sri Lanka Expo will return from March 28 to 31 to profile the former war-torn country as an attractive destination for trade, investment and tourism.

The three-day international event, which was suspended due to civil war, is organised by the Sri Lanka Export Development Board. It has so far confirmed more than 1,000 foreign participants including 100 journalists and 50 tour operators, as well as leading buyers of tea and garments, the country’s biggest exports, officials said.

Vipula Wanigasekera, general manager of the state-owned Sri Lanka Conventions Bureau, told TTGmice e-Weekly that travel writers and tour operators attending the trade fair would be provided information on Sri Lanka’s uniqueness as a tourist destination.

The Sri Lanka Expo will also feature a symposium on trade, investment and tourism. Speakers lined up for this programme include Xu Jing, regional head of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation and K.G. Udaya Indraratne, executive director, policy and strategy, Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing, Government of Dubai.

The expo will take place at Sirimavo Bandaranaike Memorial Exhibition Center in Colombo.

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