Sri Lanka was well represented at the OTDYKH Leisure Travel and Tourism fair held from September 10th to 12th at the Expo Centre in Moscow, Russia for the 25th time, with the participation of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) and 12 travel industry participants representing hotels and travel companies. OTDYKH Leisure Travel and Tourism Fair is one of the largest travel fairs in Moscow which draws a large number of visitors on an annual basis over 20 destinations around the world. As a major travel & tourism fair held in the Russian continent, OTDYKH enables exhibitors to increase awareness of their destination and also to gain a real feel for the Russian travel market.
SLTPB attended this year’s Leisure 2019 situated in an area of 80 sqms and the Sri Lanka stand located in Pavilion number 2, hall number 1 was officially opened by Mr Mohamed Anas, Counsellor of the Sri Lanka Embassy in the Russian Federation, on behalf of Dr. Dayan Jayathilaka, Sri Lanka Ambassador for Russia on September 10th.
Speaking at the occasion Counsellor Mr. Mohamed Anas stressed the importance of promoting Sri Lanka as a destination for the Russian Market which has a huge potential. He appreciated the interest from the travel trade to promote the Russian market specially in wellness tourism, culture, wildlife and luxury products. Counsellor Mr. Mohamed Anas also welcomed and thanked each company, who has traveled all the way from Sri Lanka and took part in the Leisure 2019.
The Sri Lanka Travel trade was represented by the travel companies such as Aitken Spence Travel, Deluxe Holiday, Nkar Travel & Tours, Tangerine Tours, Ceylon My Dream, Exotic Holidays, Concord Exotic Voyages Company and hotels such as Citrus Leisure, Lanka Super Coral, Cinnamon Hotels, Taj Bentota Resort & Spa and The Long Beach Resort.
Ms. Sasika Jayaweera , Assistant Director handling Russia and CIS markets represented the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB ) and Ms. Chathurika Perera, Second Secretary of Sri Lanka Embassy in Moscow who supported this travel fair from the Sri Lanka mission in Russia were present at the opening ceremony. The president and few members of the Tourism Safety Association in Russia were also present at the occasion.
A round tour table meeting with Media and popular tour operators in Russia was held on the 10th September, with regard to the safety of the Russian travelers in Sri Lanka after the April attack. Ms. Sasika Jayaweera, Assistant Director handling Russia and CIS markets represented SLTPB and Ms. Chathurika Perera, Second Secretary of Sri Lanka Embassy in Moscow represented Sri Lanka at this meeting. All Questions were directly pointed out to the Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau as what actions have been taken by the government of Sri Lanka and the Tourism Promotion Bureau to mitigate the impact after April attack and safety of the Russian Travelers in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka won an award for the active participation among the 28 countries who took part in this travel fair at the 25th anniversary edition of OTDYKH Leisure Travel Fair 2019, which held at 18:00 hrs on the 10th September 2019. Ms Chathurika Perera and Ms. Sasika Jayaweera represented Sri Lanka at the above event and received the award during the ceremony.