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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2584

Book on Sri Lankan birds published in Russian

A guide book on Sri Lankan Birds written in the Russian languageThe Guide Book on Sri Lankan birds in the Russian language being officially handed over to Mr Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), by Ms Natalia Chelnokova, Managing Director JMT Travels.The Guide Book on Sri Lankan birds in the Russian language being officially handed over to Mr Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), by Ms Natalia Chelnokova, Managing Director JMT Travels. and published by the Russian based JMT Travels Tour Operators was launched recently at Sri Lanka Tourism. The book was officially handed over to Mr Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), by Ms Natalia Chelnokova, Managing Director JMT Travels, in the presence of the Russian Ambassador, Mr V Mikhaylov, Mr Dileep Mudadeniya, Managing Director SLTPB, and other Sri Lanka Tourism officials.

The total page of the book on Sri Lankan birds is a 122 and it gives scientific names of the various bird species as well over 120 colorful photos of birds. Professional biologists specializing in birds visited Sri Lanka and observed the feathered creatures in various parts of the island before the book was finally compiled. Altogether, many years of research and information has gone into this book forming part of a series which will also include national parks of Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka is home to many bird species apart from migratory birds that visit the country from far away destinations during specific times of the year. Therefore, apart from the Kumana Bird Sanctuary, various locations in the country become home to exotic birds that come from many parts of the world.

Commenting on the launch of this book, Vladimir Mikhaylov, Ambassador of Russia in Sri Lanka stated that this book will present a different side of Sri Lanka to the Russian traveler, who is very much interested in the historical and cultural aspects of the island, going beyond a mere sun, sea, and sand experiences.

JMT Travels Tour Operators mainly focuses on clients inclined to travel to Sri Lanka and have over 10 years of experience in the Sri Lankan market. Throughout that period they have handled over 15,000 visitors to the island, who have enjoyed their stay and had a very positive experience of Sri Lanka.

Natalia Chelnokova, Managing Director of JMT Travels stated, "Our experience has revealed that the average Russian visitor is not merely seeking beaches. They are also attracted to nature, spas, as well as the rich, ancient heritage and culture that Sri Lanka offers."

"We are also planning to launch a website for Sri Lanka, and with the end of the conflict situation, Sri Lanka is bound to become a much sought after destination for the Russian tourist," she further added.Ms Mahika Bartholomeusz, Team Leader - Public Relations, Mr Dileep Mudadeniya, Managing Director SLTPB, Ms Natalia Chelnokova, Managing Director JMT Travels, Mr Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman SLTDA and SLTPB, Mr V Mikhaylov, Russian Ambassador, Ms Irina Dmitrieva, Commercial Director JMT Travels, Mr Mikhail Ktitoro, from the Russian Embassy, and Subhashinie A. Gamage, Asst. Director / Marketing, SLTPB at the launch of the Russian book on birds in Sri Lanka.Ms Mahika Bartholomeusz, Team Leader - Public Relations, Mr Dileep Mudadeniya, Managing Director SLTPB, Ms Natalia Chelnokova, Managing Director JMT Travels, Mr Bernard Goonetilleke, Chairman SLTDA and SLTPB, Mr V Mikhaylov, Russian Ambassador, Ms Irina Dmitrieva, Commercial Director JMT Travels, Mr Mikhail Ktitoro, from the Russian Embassy, and Subhashinie A. Gamage, Asst. Director / Marketing, SLTPB at the launch of the Russian book on birds in Sri Lanka.

"In Russia there is a legend, where each individual looks for their respective bird of luck. Tying up with this legend, the Russian traveller can now visit Sri Lanka to seek their birds of luck," Ms Irina Dmitrieva, Commercial Director JMT Travels, who also took part in the event, said.

The photos in the book will also travel throughout Russia, forming an exhibition at universities, schools, etc.

Chairman, SLTDA and SLTPB, Bernard Goonetilleke said that this educational exhibition could also travel within Sri Lanka, giving good background knowledge of the country and its wilderness to the Sri Lankan public as well as fostering better understanding between the two countries.

- Asian Tribune -

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