The “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, Sri Lanka, will shine brightly at the 2018 Travel Industry Exhibition, held 21–22 August at Sydney’s Darling Harbour.
Event Director, David Paterson, of organiser Exhibitions & Trade Fairs, said: “As a destination, Sri Lanka has so much to offer the MICE and Luxury sectors, with its blend of South Asian and European traditions and spectacular landscapes. We are absolutely delighted to have Sri Lanka Tourism as a sponsor, with the biggest floor-show offering for visitors in the event’s history.”
Paterson said Sri Lanka Tourism was spread across 15 stands, showcasing hotels, tour operators, eco-lodges, high-end luxury hotels and travel agencies. Five companies will also give seminars in the Experience Hub.
Abdul Raheem, Consul Commercial of the Consulate General of Sri Lanka, said: “We’re most excited to showcase the best of Sri Lanka Tourism to the Australian travel industry and demonstrate the array of options available. Some 2,500 years of culture is on show with a fusion of European and South Asian traditions to be seen, including some of the world’s most pristine beaches, to Ceylon tea county in the verdant hills. With UNESCO-listed biodiversity, such as the Sri Lankan leopard, and some world-class surf breaks, the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ has something for everybody.
“Whether you’re a travel agent or part of the MICE industry, Sri Lanka is fast becoming one of Australia’s favourite destinations,” he said, urging delegates to visit the Sri Lanka Pavilion for their “own slice of paradise”.
Paterson said attendees could learn more about Sri Lanka as a destination through 30-minute sessions at the Experience Hub.
Day one, 21 August:
- 11am “Rejuvenate yourself!”: Hotel Tree of Life, Kandy – With Colonial-style architecture surrounded by highland tea crops, this luxurious wellness retreat offers authentic Ayurveda under the supervision of two doctors and world-class trained staff. Visitors can invest in their health and experience wellness through physical, psychological and spiritual activities.
- 4pm “Bespoke Sri Lanka”: Seasons Travels + Luxe Asia – Seasons Travels crafts bespoke experiences to suit Australian and New Zealand travellers’ needs. LUXE ASIA is a regional Destination Management Company handling globally inbound tourists. Specialising in designing custom tour packages for tour operators and individuals, it also offers Ultra by Luxe designed for the luxury traveller.
Day two, 22 August:
- 11am “All Inclusive Sri Lanka”: RIU Sri Lanka – Opened in 2016, this “all-inclusive, 24-hour” hotel was RIU Hotels & Resorts chain’s first Asian hotel. From kids’ clubs to conference facilities, with a world-class beach and sunset, this five-star option will recharge visitors’ batteries.
- 4pm “One Stop Shop”: World Travel Centre Colombo – A one-stop travel solution for everything Sri Lanka and The Maldives, including coach tours, sports tours, assisted holidays, MICE tours and tailor-made options. With 14 years’ experience and travel experts ready to help 24/7, this is aimed to satisfy every traveller’s needs.
Other exhibitors in the Sri Lanka zone include Centauria Travels, Viluxur Holidays Destination Management Companies Ceylon Roots and Getaway Sri Lanka, Jetwing, Golden Isle Travel, Karusan Travels, Flameback Eco Lodge, The Indian Hotels Company Limited and The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.
“With a sold-out show floor, and more space dedicated to the Luxury and MICE sectors as industry desires showed, attendees at this year’s Travel Industry Exhibition will be immersed in information, resources and experiences they can use whether they’re in the MICE, Luxury or Mobile sector,” Paterson added.
Free registration is open for the 2018 Travel Industry Exhibition, http://travelindustryexpo.com.au.
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