Sri Lanka partners with Brazilian travel agencies to promote tourism
Sat Jun 18, 2022 1:46 PM SL Time ColomboPage Newsroom Sri Lanka.
June 18, Colombo: The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Brazil, in cooperation with the Brazilian Association of Travel Agencies (ABAV-DF), organized an event to promote Sri Lanka as a destination for Brazilian and South American tourists on June 9, 2022 at the premises of the Embassy in Brasilia.
This is the first event of its kind organized by the Embassy with the participation of a large number of representatives of the tourism industry since the opening of the Representative Office in 2002 in Brazil.
Welcoming the participants, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to Brazil Sumit Dassanayake explained the importance of the contribution of the tourism industry to the economy of the island nation.
Ambassador Dassanayake urged Brazilian tour operators to promote Sri Lanka as a destination among Brazilians and South Americans, saying the number of tourists coming from the region is unsatisfactory. “Despite the fact that over 100,000 Brazilians visited the Asian region in 2018, only about 2,800 Brazilians visited Sri Lanka,” the ambassador added.
The president of the Brazilian Association of Travel Agencies, Levi Geronimo, said Sri Lanka is a “must visit” destination that offers a variety of activities and attractions in close proximity with value for money.
Brazilian Tourism Secretary Vanessa Mendonsa said her organization will cooperate fully with the embassy to promote Sri Lankan tourism in Brazil.
Ambassador Counselor (Commercial) of the Embassy, Sivali Wijevantha, gave a presentation on travel opportunities in Sri Lanka entitled “Sri Lanka – Seu próximo destino de viagem” (Sri Lanka is your next destination).
General Director M / s. Jetwing Travels (Pvt) Ltd Daminda Dinesh and M/s Aitken Spence Travels (Pvt) Ltd resident sales representative Nelson Cortez attended the event virtually and promoted travel packages offered by their companies.
The event was attended by 60 guests representing the Brazilian tourism industry and the media.