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Sri Lanka strengthens its industrial ties with Singapore at NATA’s Travel Fair 2018

Opening of the Sri Lanka pavilion by H.E Nimal Weerarathne, High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Singapore
Industry participants with H.E Nimal Weerarathne , High Commissioner of Sri Lanka in Singapore

Sri Lanka showcasing its colorful and creative array of themes was able to draw the attention of the visitors to the National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (NATAS) Travel Fair 2018, held at the Singapore Expo Hall from March 23rd to 25th.

NATAS is Singapore’s largest and most popular consumer travel fair, and this year’s event was held for the 52nd time since the inception of  NATAS fairs in 1987, featuring 87 exhibitors showcasing their products over a total of  710 booths.

Visitors at the Sri Lanka stall

The Sri Lanka pavilion was declared open by Mr.Nimal Weerarathne , High Commissioner of Sri Lanka for Singapore , Ms. Nalika Kodikara, first secretary (commercial), Mr. Kalpa Gunasinghe, Market officer, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, along with other industry participants. They included Jetwing Travels (Pvt) Ltd, Aitken Spence Travel (Pvt)Ltd, Camlo Lanka (Pvt) Ltd, NKAR Travels &Tours (Pvt) Ltd, RIU Hotel & Resorts, Green Holiday (Pvt)Ltd, Karusan Travel (Pvt) Ltd, and Vilasha Travels (Pvt)Ltd.  The visitors experienced the various holiday opportunities they could gain from visiting the island nation, complete with its cultural glamour and natural wonders. The visitors also had the opportunity to taste Ceylon tea at the tea counter in the Sri Lanka pavilion.

The 2018 event recorded a total number of 83,291 visitors, eager to purchase the best travel deals spanning tour packages, airline tickets, and cruise itineraries. The travel fair provided a comprehensive one stop shop for visitors planning their next getaway.

At the tea counter

NATAS Travel 2018 was opened by Dr. Ulrich A Sante, Ambassador of Germany in Singapore, with an attendance over 100 guests including dignitaries from embassies, the travel industry and airlines. He highlighted the distinct features of many German towns and cities, describing the rich culture and history that Germany encompasses as a whole. Thus Sri Lanka’s participation at the NATAS 2018 was able to attract more Singaporean visitors to consider Sri Lanka as their next holiday destination. Up to month of February 2018 tourist arrivals from Singapore was reported as 2,856, whilst the total number of tourist arrivals were reported as 474,542, and the majority of arrivals coming from the European region.

(Courtesy : Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau)