Today, on September 11, 2018, His Excellency Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka, Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the Russian Federation, and Madame Sanja Jayatilleka gave the official start to the traditionally prominent Sri Lankan participation in OTDYKH / LEISURE International Tourism Exhibition at Moscow's Expocentre.
This is the 15th edition of LEISURE Exhibition held since 2001; with 44 participant countries in 2018, LEISURE has become one of two Moscow's largest international tourism fairs. Sri Lanka takes part in this event regularly, under the auspices of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB). This year, our country's national pavilion has gathered 14 leading stakeholders of Sri Lankan travel market, including destination management companies and hoteliers, offering comprehensive services for demanding customers ranging from larger tourist groups to clients seeking tailor-made luxury tours or adventure escapades to discover our pristine nature and rich culture.
H. E. Dr. Dayan Jayatilleka and Madame Sanja Jayatilleka, welcomed at the Expocentre by Ms. Madusha Samurdi, Assistant Director (Russia & CIS), SLTPB, and Ms. Chathurika Perera, Second Secretary (Commerce) of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Moscow, followed the tradition of lighting the ceremonial oil lamp to wish the best to the exhibition participants.
During the opening ceremony, H.E. the Ambassador was glad to meet Ms. Veronika Dassanayaka, Major of Sri Lanka Army and leader of renowned Army dancing troupe, and admired the artwork of Mr. Sanath Abeysekera, Moscow born and based architect and designer of the impressive Sri Lanka pavilion.
H. E. the Ambassador addressed a speech to the Sri Lankan travel agencies and their Russian representatives and partners, underscoring the prominent role of tourism cooperation in the bilateral relations between Sri Lanka and Russia.