- On May 12, 2015
Sri Lanka Tourism won the coveted ‘Best Eco Tourism Destination’ Award at the World Tourism Expo held in Shanghai, China. The awards were received by the Sri Lanka Counsel General in Shanghai, Poornima Gunesekera, and the Market Head for Sri Lanka at Sri Lanka Tourism, Chinthaka Liyanarachchi.
The World Tourism Expo takes place every year in Shanghai, and is co-hosted by the Shanghai Municipal Tourism Board and VNU Exhibition Europe. The prestigious event attracts around 45,000 top travel and tourism professionals from all over the world, with over 600 exhibits.
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman Rohantha Athukorala said; ‘Sri Lanka must become a top 20 tourist destination within the next five years given the national focus on the industry and the strong demand generation that will come into being in the near future.’
Mr. Athukorala also highlighted the important role played by Chinese tourists stating that ‘Chinese tourist arrivals have increased by 81.8% as of the end of April 2015, and I am very keen to see these numbers reflected in the formal sector occupancy of Sri Lanka.’
[Source: Financial Times, Sri Lanka]