“So Sri Lanka: The Next Travel Destination for Filipinos” at the PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2020

The alluring island-nation of Sri Lanka was promoted as the next travel destination for Filipino travellers through the Sri Lankan Pavilion at the Philippines’ premier tourism and travel exhibition, PTAA Travel Tour Expo 2020, on 7-9 February 2020 at the SMX Convention Center-Manila, Mall of Asia Complex, Pasay City.

The pavilion was designed to showcase the country’s tourism promotion brand “So Sri Lanka”. The inauguration was held with the lighting of the traditional oil lamp by the expo’s guest of honor, Hon. Bernadette Romulo-Puyat, Secretary of Tourism of the Philippines, H. E. Shobini Gunasekera, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Philippines, Mr. Jose. Ma. Renard Gregory B. Tuaño, PTAA President and distinguished guests.

The widely-received Sri Lankan Pavilion attracted and piqued the interest of expo visitors looking for their next travel destination.

“I have heard about the beauty of Sri Lanka from my friends and I can’t wait to experience the country myself”
– Ms. Mary Cruz, Quezon City

Expo visitors, mostly avid travelers and travel agents, eagerly inquired on the packages and destinations in Sri Lanka in preparation for their next travels. They were also given a glimpse of the proud heritage of culture and performing arts of Sri Lanka by the superb rendition of traditional Kandyan and low country dances, by a dance troupe from Sri Lanka. The enthralled visitors also savored best tasting and high-quality authentic Ceylon tea as they enjoyed the performances.

The Philippines, now an emerging inbound tourism source for Sri Lanka, contributes significantly to tourist arrivals in the country with 19,000 arrivals in 2018. Filipino travelers are observed to be enticed with destinations characterized with new escapades involving wildlife, cultural heritage, shopping, and culinary attractions.

Embassy of Sri Lanka
14th February 2020