‘Sancharaka Udawa’, a one day meeting for all tourism related service providers was held yesterday at the Ceylon Continental Hotel with Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa as Chief Guest.
The main objective of this forum is to provide opportunities for those less exposed to mainstream tourism; creating a platform for small and medium service providers to network and build vital links with the tour operators and enter the wider spectrum of the Tourism industry.
The expected benefits of this endeavour will be a substantial increase in transportation related logistics, accommodation, and resource of persons with foreign language skills.
The rising demand for adventure sports would see ‘Sancharaka Udawa’ hosting sports and soft adventure providers who offer water sports, boat trips, cycle trails, white water rafting, mountain climbing, camping sites and dormitory-type accommodation in wildlife parks and all other areas within the adventure sports circuit.
The rising demand for quality transport providers will provide vehicle owners, wildlife jeep transport agents or owners, rail transport providers a unique opportunity to meet exhibit and promote their services to the industry.
The focal point of ‘Sancharaka Udawa’ 2012 like in the previous year is to give companies and individuals with unique offerings who fall out of the category of large scale businesses, a chance to showcase their products and services within the industry and to the public.
Therefore, the event is seen as a meeting ground for a multitude of products and service providers to share their business ideas, network and most importantly innovate and give the travellers the best that Sri Lanka could offer.
‘Sancharaka Udawa’ programme was organised by The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) for the second consecutive year. Senior Minister Athauda Seneviratne, Deputy Minister of Economic Development Laksman Yapa Abeywardena, Sri Lanka Tourism Authority Chairman Dr. Nalaka Godahewa and SLAITO President Nilmin Nanayakkara also participated at the event.
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