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Tuesday, 19th of February, Sri Lanka was the “Destination of Honor” at the  PATA (Pacific Asia Travel Association)   breakfast in Paris, organized every month with the most important French actors of tourism industry. His Excellency, Mr. Buddhi K. Athauda, Ambassador of Sri Lanka in France, had the opportunity to open the event and introduce them Sri Lanka. The opportunities of the country in the tourism sector were highlighted through a presentation followed by a video on Sri Lanka by Mrs. Chandima Abeyrathna, First Secretary (Commercial) of the Embassy.

 Major tour operators, airlines companies, hotels and journalists attended the event with high interest in this very newly trendy    destination. Indeed, Sri Lanka attracts more and more tourists: within the last decade the number of arrivals in the country has been multiplied by five.

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Eight Leading Sri Lankan apparel exporters of the Chamber of Garment Exporters of Sri Lanka participated in the Apparel Sourcing USA exhibition held in New York, USA from 21st - 23rd, January 2019 with the objective of promoting Sri Lankan apparels in the US market taking into account the potential opportunities for further promotion due to the favorable atmosphere prevails in the US.

Under the sponsorship of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Colombo, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC organized two networking events for Sri Lankan exhibitors parallel to the Apparel Sourcing USA exhibition. A networking named “Sri Lanka Happy Hour” was held on 22nd January 2019 in the exhibition premises (Jacob K. Javits Convention Center) in New York. The “Sri Lanka Happy Hour” attracted many buyers to the Sri Lanka pavilion in the exhibition. More than one hundred buyers visited Sri Lanka pavilion during the happy hour.

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