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Expo 2015 secures Rs. 53 m sapphire order for Matale exporter

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The Commissioner General for Sri Lankafor Expo 2015Dr. Rohantha Athukorala announced that Sri Lanka has secured a Rs. 53 million order for sapphires from the Milano exposition. 

The exporter hailing from Matale was excited given that most visitors to a typical expo exhibition are end consumers. The buyer, who hails from the Zhejiang Province of the People’s Republic of China, has legally signed the agreement for delivery within a year, witnessed by the Pavilion Director of Sri Lanka, said Athukorala.

At the launch of Expo 2015, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau was ableto secure a partnership between the leading tour operator in Italy, Alpi Tours, and the blue chip company Aitken Spence for a value of $ 1.3 million.

This means that together with this order we have a 300% ROI from a ruthless financial perspective even though typically an expo exhibition tends togenerate a stronger qualitative justification than sales. Todate we have had 193 strong sales leads and the private sector is following up on them,” he said. 

The National Day of Sri Lanka is scheduled for 18 September by the Expo Secretariat in Milano and is attended by the head of state as per protocol, the SLTPB added.

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