AMBASSADOR’S “SIGNATURE TOUR” OF SRI LANKA DRAWS U.S. TOURISTS

September 6, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Travelers Describe, “Trip of a Lifetime”

Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya concluded a highly successful 2010 inaugural Ambassadors’ Signature Tour of Sri Lanka with 25 American professionals and business people Sunday.

The tour finished with high tea and a press conference at the renowned Galle Face Hotel in Colombo, capping a 10-day adventure that included beach-side resorts, wild animal parks, a ramble through the lush, high-country tea plantations and visits to historical heritage sites.

The tour, which was arranged by the Sri Lanka Embassy of Washington, D.C., began on 9 August, 2010 and ran through the 28th August 2010.

Ambassador Wickramasuriya said that the American travelers would return to the U.S. with a new understanding of Sri Lanka. “They will be like tourism ambassadors volunteering for Sri Lanka,” Ambassador Wickramasuriya said. “Each one of them has many friends and professional colleagues — including travel writers — back in the U.S. They will tell them about the trip and expand the size of our next Signature Tour.”

Ambassador Wickramasuriya said the tour series was developed on the initiative of the Hon. Minister of Economic development, Basil Rajapaksa whose objective was to promote tourism through respective foreign embassies and missions.

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