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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2790

Sri Lanka participates at ITB 2014 in Berlin

Berlin, 19 March, (

Sri Lanka has been again represented prominently at the ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show taking place every year in the German capital.

More than 174,000 visitors, among them 114,000 trade visitors, and 11,000 represented companies including tour operators, booking engines, destinations, airlines, hotels and car rental companies from 189 countries participated in the ITB. The ITB Berlin enjoys worldwide media recognition and offers comprehensive support for all marketing questions of exhibitors.

In addition, the world’s largest tourism convention ITB Berlin Convention provides unique opportunities to benefit from the leading think tanks of the global tourism industry.

Jürgen Klimke, Member of the German Parliament for the ruling Party CDU, Member and Spokesperson of the Committee of Economic Cooperation and Development, Member of the Committee of Foreign Affairs, Member of the Parliamentary Friendship Groups for ASEAN, Greece, South-Asia and Maghreb, ceremoniously declared open the Sri Lanka Pavilion at the ITB 2014 along with the Ambassador for Sri Lanka, Sarrath Kongahage. Dr. D.S. Jayaweera, Director General of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, and many other senior members of the travel- and tourism-related organizations of Sri Lanka, members of 60 travel companies and hotels representing Sri Lanka at the ITB 2014 as well as the staff of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Berlin were present at the opening ceremony.

Addressing the opening ceremony of the Sri Lanka Pavilion, Jürgen Klimke recalled his pleasant memories in relation with Sri Lanka. He also told the audience that he is a friend of Sri Lanka and has made several visits to Sri Lanka including the Northern Province. He further expressed his hope that presently Germany was in the second place with regards to the tourist arrivals from Europe to Sri Lanka, but very soon Germany would gain the first place.

Ambassador Mr. Sarrath Kongahage welcomed the exhibitors of Sri Lanka for the ITB 2014 and stated that Sri Lanka had been participating in the ITB exhibition for 48 consecutive years. It therefore had all the qualifications to obtain the ITB partner country status in the future. “I am in discussion with the ITB organizers to become the partner country, which will provide tremendous tourist promotion for Sri Lanka in Europe”, the ambassador added.

The Director General of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Dr. D.S. Jayaweera, thanked the travel agents, tour operators and hoteliers for their continued participation in the world`s biggest travel and tourism trade show, which provides a meeting point to promote the tourism industry of Sri Lanka in Europe.

A press conference was held to brief the European press on the recent developments of the tourism industry in Sri Lanka headed by H.E. the Ambassador and the Director General of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority. More than 100 Journalists from many European Countries participated at the press conference. Dr. Jayaweera delivered a comprehensive presentation on the potential of tourism industry in Sri Lanka.

Chairpersons of the tourism-related organizations of Sri Lanka were present to answer the questions of the journalists. Parallel to the ITB 2014, a taxi advertising campaign was launched on 07th March by the Ambassador and the Director General of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority in the presence of industry members of Sri Lanka Tourism.

- Asian Tribune -

Sri Lanka participates at ITB 2014 in Berlin
Sri Lanka participates at ITB 2014 in Berlin
Sri Lanka participates at ITB 2014 in Berlin
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