With the festive season just around the corner elaborate plans are being made to transform the city of Colombo into a Tourism Wonderland from 20 to 23 December this year.
Sri Lanka Tourism under the guidance of the Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs is planning the second edition of Tourism Fest which took the city by storm last December. The idea behind this unique event is to portray Sri Lankan food, culture, gems, handicrafts, tea, shopping and entertainment at one venue during the height of the tourist season. According to sources at Sri Lanka Tourism, this year’s Tourism Fest will be a bigger and better version of last year.
Tourism Fest 2016 will be declared open by Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister of Tourism Development, Christian Religious Affairs and Lands, John Amaratunga on 20 December while President Maithripala Sirisena will preside at the closing ceremony on 23 December at the Independence Arcade in Colombo, which is the venue for the four-dayevent. A host of VIPs and diplomatic community are expected to visit the Fest during the four-day event.
Tourism Fest is a concept of Tourism Development Minister, John Amaratunga who having realised the absence of any organised tourism related event during the festive season when city hotels are filled with foreign tourists, decided to organise a multi-day event bringing together all tourism stake holders. The event is complemented with nonstop entertainment by armed forces bands, choral groups and cultural shows providing both local and foreign tourists a memorable experience.
Meanwhile in order to enliven the ambience in the city, the Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs has requested the corporate sector to light up their buildings during the festive season. As a result, Colombo is expected to dazzle during Tourism Fest 2016 creating a lively atmosphere that will rival the trendiest cities in this part of the world.
Tourism Fest 2016 will create a Sri Lankan sense of celebration and spread the spirit of the season among locals, tourists, the diplomatic and expat communities while providing a unique platform for tourism promotion.
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