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 KUWAIT CITY, Oct. 20, 2009 (News Agencies) .

Sri Lanka’s Tourism Promotions Minister Faiszer Musthapha, who was in Kuwait last week on an official visit, appealed to Kuwaitis to visit Sri Lanka and enjoy its beauty and hospitality at  a Sri Lanka promotional event held on October 13 organized by the Sri Lankan Embassy for the members of travel trade, media and well-wishers.  The Sri Lankan Embassy as part of its promotional campaigns to attract tourists from the Middle East has launched several initiatives to promote Sri Lanka as a tourist destination.  It is significant that with the dawn of peace in the country, there is a surge of tourist arrivals from Middle East including Kuwait from where a 30% increase has been recorded. 

Delivering a speech Minister Musthapha invited the guests in the audience to visit   Sri Lanka and showcase Sri Lanka’s rich diversity, culture and heritage, sun and beaches, flora and fauna, wild life, Ayurvedic treatments and other attractions to the Kuwaiti tourists.  

Elaborating further, the Minister remarked that the peoples of Sri Lanka and Kuwait share deep routed relationships for generations and expressed the confidence that the friendly people of Kuwait will take advantage of the peaceful atmosphere now prevails in the country to explore his country’s places of attractions and scenic beauty which are unique for the Arab travelers. 

He also noted with gratitude that the tour operators in the Middle East have played a crucial role in helping Sri Lanka gain a strong footing in the market.   Therefore, it is our responsibility to work with them and to build close relationship with them as we have started new era after the victory against the 30-year old conflict.

Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to Kuwait, Sarath Dissanayake speaking on this occasion, appreciated the Government and people of Kuwait for patronizing  Sri Lanka as a favourite travel destination. 

The Sri Lanka tourism industry is well geared to serve Arab travelers with their special needs such as the halal-food, places of Islamic religious worship, diversity in whether, Arabic-speaking people etc. that help travellers enjoy the destination to their satisfaction.


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