“Refreshingly Sri Lanka: Wonder of Asia”,
Roadshow with the Outbound Tour Operators in the Philippines
As part of the strategic plan to boost the Filipino visitors to Sri Lanka, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Manila in partnership with NKAR Travels & Tours (Pvt.) Ltd., organized an interactive session followed by cocktails for the outbound travel agencies, print and digital media and travel writers on 27th September 2018 at the Sri Lanka Residence, Manila.
Addressing the gathering, Ambassador Ranaraja, while welcoming the guests, highlighted that Sri Lanka has seen a substantial growth in the tourism arrivals from Philippines in the year 2017 with over 16,800 Filipino travelers. This makes Philippines as the second highest ASEAN visitors to Sri Lanka. She appreciated the contribution made by the travel industry for the positive growth and encourage to redouble their efforts to promote Sri Lanka as a “must visit” tourist destination for Filipino travelers.
Mr. Nilmin Nanayakkara, Managing Director of NKAR Travels & Tours (Pvt.) Ltd. and Dr. Damian Fernando, Chief Operating Officer of NKAR Travels & Tours (Pvt.) Ltd. well presented the unique tourism offerings, latest developments and exclusive products of the Sri Lanka destination for the Philippine market.
The event was well attended by over 60 outbound tour operators, together with officials of Philippine Travel Agencies Association (PTAA), Philippine IATA Agents Travel Association (PIATA), Philippine Tour Operators Association, Inc. (PHILTOA), National Association of Independent Travel Agencies (NAITAS), Tourism Industry Board Foundation (TIBFI), Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), media journalists and travel writers.
The event was held in parallel to the celebration of the World Tourism Day 2018 which was adopted by the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO).
Embassy of Sri Lanka
28 September 2018