The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. opened its doors for American visitors as part of Passport DC’s Around the World Embassy Tour on May 2nd, 2015, promoting Sri Lanka as an exciting destination among prospective US tourists. Over one thousand visitors were treated to traditional Sri Lankan hospitality with a sample of Sri Lankan authentic cuisine and a peek at the country's rich cultural heritage.

[gallery order="DESC"] The Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington D.C. opened its doors for American visitors as part of Passport DC’s Around the World Embassy Tour on May 2nd, 2015, promoting Sri Lanka as an exciting destination among prospective US tourists. Over one thousand visitors were treated to traditional Sri Lankan hospitality with a sample of Sri Lankan authentic cuisine and a peek at the country's rich cultural heritage. The colorful photo exhibition of Sri Lankan touristic attractions captivated the attention of all visitors. The Sari Corner generated much excitement among the ladies and the opportunity to be clad in colourful Sri Lankan attire proved popular. Visitors tried their hand at the Sinhala and Tamil scripts, making an effort to write their names in Sri Lanka’s national languages. Passport DC is a Washington DC’s citywide international cultural awareness program that enables residents and visitors to experience and explore the international culture that flourishes alongside and beyond Washington’s renowned institutions. It is presented by Cultural Tourism DC in partnership with participating Embassies and affiliates.

Continuing the vigorous campaign to promote Ceylon Tea in the United States, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC and the Sri Lanka Tea Board organized the Sri Lankan pavilion at the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show, North America’s largest food and beverage fair, which was held from June 29 to July 1, 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York.“Let’s work together for an ambitious plan for doubling current market share of Ceylon tea in the US market”, stated- Sri Lanka’s new envoy to USA, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam. [image title="11" size="full" id="5987" align="center" linkto="viewer" ] Continuing the vigorous campaign to promote Ceylon Tea in the United States, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC and the Sri Lanka Tea Board organized the Sri Lankan pavilion at the 2014 Summer Fancy Food Show, North America’s largest food and beverage fair, which was held from June 29 to July 1, 2014 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York. Number of leading Sri Lankan Tea exporters namely Basilur Tea, Classic Teas, Vintage Teas, Adamexpo, Tea Tang and Millennium Teas displayed an exquisite array of value added Ceylon teas under Ceylon Tea pavilion attracting many visitors. To coincide with the show, the Embassy in association with Sri Lanka Tea Board arranged number of side events to promote Ceylon Tea. The networking Dinner held on June 30 was well attended with the participation of large number US Tea Industry leaders, media personnel and key officials of the US Tea Council. Sri Lanka’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Maj. General Shavendra Silva and Ms. Premala Srikantha, Deputy Director of Sri Lanka Tea Board were also associated at this event. Sri Lanka’s new envoy to the US, Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam thanked the Sri Lankan exhibitors for their valuable participation at this important event with a view to gaining a strong foothold for Ceylon Tea in growing specialty tea segment in the US market. The breakfast seminar on Ceylon Tea – Sri Lanka’s Gift to the World was held at the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce for the second consecutive year with large gathering including a cross section of tea connoisseurs in New York City, tea trade and media personnel. Ambassador Prasad Kariyawasam delivered the keynote address at this important seminar highlighting the unique characteristics of Pure Ceylon Tea as a beverage with numerous health benefits. He appealed US tea consumer to be tea connoisseurs to admire good cup of tea in this growing speciality tea market segment. Ceylon Tea over its 147-year history has been world renowned for its excellence, exclusivity, premium quality and distinctive taste. When you consume tea, look for lion logo on Ceylon tea, which is the symbol of quality and you will not only enjoy a good cup of tea but also will be endorsing a brand of tea which is carefully hand picked and produced in socially responsible manner, he opined. Mr. Mark Jaffe, President of Greater New York Chamber of Commerce, addressing the audience indicated that Sri Lanka produces and exports quality tea and requested audience to assist Sri Lankan tea industry by consuming more quality tea from Sri Lanka. A detailed presentation on Ceylon Tea was made by Premala Srikantha, Deputy Director/Promotion of Sri Lanka Tea Board. Bandula Somasiri, Minister (Commercial) of the Embassy in Washington DC organized this promotional programme on Ceylon Tea. [gallery] Captions: 01. Ambassador Kariyawasam with Hemantha Perera of Basilur Tea. 02. Ambassador Kariyawasam with Idris Shabbir of Adamexpo. 03. Ambassador Kariyawasam wih Chamth Hettiarachchi and Arithta de Livera of Millanium Teas. 04. Ambassador Kariyawasam with Chaminda Karunathilake and Anton Rajendram of Tea Tang. 05. Ambassador Kariyawasam with Mahinda Karunanayake and Vinod Vijethunga of Vintage Teas. 06. Ambassador Kariyawasam with Yasas Mihinkanda of Clasic Teas. 07. Ambassador Kariyawasam with Mark Jeffe, President of New York Chamber of Commerce 08. Ambassador with guests at Networking Dinner. 09. Bandula Somasiri, Minister (Commercial) of the Embassy welcoming the guests 10. Ambassador Kariyawasam addressing the invitees at the Networking Dinner in New York 11. Ms. Premala Srikantha, Deputy Director of Sri Lanka Tea Board in conversation with the US guests.
Continuing the vigorous campaign to promote Ceylon Tea in the United States, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tea Board organized the Sri Lankan pavilion at the Summer Fancy Food Show which was held from June 30 to July 2, 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York. The Fancy Food Show has been North America’s largest specialty food and beverage exhibition since 1955. This prestigious event featured 180,000 products from 2400 exhibitors from 80 countries and regions.Washington, July 15, 2013: Continuing the vigorous campaign to promote Ceylon Tea in the United States, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Tea Board organized the Sri Lankan pavilion at the Summer Fancy Food Show which was held from June 30 to July 2, 2013 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York. The Fancy Food Show has been North America’s largest specialty food and beverage exhibition since 1955. This prestigious event featured 180,000 products from 2400 exhibitors from 80 countries and regions. Akbar Brothers (Pvt) Ltd, Basilur Tea Export (Pvt) Ltd, HVA Foods PLC, Ceylon Tea Land (Pvt) Ltd displayed an exquisite array of value added Ceylon teas. The booth of the Sri Lanka Tea Board which showcased the unique characteristics of Sri Lankan Tea Industry attracted many visitors. Imperial Teas, Millennium Teas and Tealia also presented their range of products at the exhibition. Plantation Industries Deputy Minister Earl Gunaskara, Sr Lanka’s Ambassador to the US Jaliya Wickramasuriya and Director General of Sri Lanka Tea Board. Damitha Narangoda graced the occasion and thanked the Sri Lankan exhibitors for their valuable participation at this important event with a view of gaining a strong foothold in the US market. The networking Dinner held on July 1 was well attended with the participation of a large number US Tea Industry leaders, media personnel and key officials of the US Tea Council. Sri Lankan exhibitors were deeply appreciative of this important networking session jointly hosted by the Embassy of Sri Lanka and the Sri Lanka Tea Board. Ambassador Palitha Kohana, Sri Lanka’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations was also associated with the other Sri Lankan dignitaries. On July 02, the Embassy organized a breakfast seminar on Ceylon Tea – Sri Lanka’s Gift to the World at the Greater New York Chamber of Commerce. This seminar was attended by a cross section of tea connoisseurs in New York City including media personnel. Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya delivering the keynote address at this important seminar highlighted the unique characteristics of Pure Ceylon Tea as a beverage with numerous health benefits. "Ceylon Tea over its 145 year history has been world renowned for its excellence, exclusivity, premium quality and distinctive taste", the Ambassador opined. Ceylon Tea has a share of 18 % of the Global Tea export market earning over US 1.5 Billion, said the Ambassador. A detailed presentation on Ceylon Tea was made by Priyanka Liyanage of Sri Lanka Tea Board Bandula Somasiri, Minister (Commercial) of the Embassy was instrumental in organizing the promotional programme on Ceylon Tea during the 2013 Summer Fancy Food Show in New York. Watch Video on YouTube Channel: Breakfast Seminar on Ceylon Tea in New York Captions: 01. Ambassador Wickramasuriya delivers the keynote speech at the Breakfast Tea Seminar – July 2, 2013, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce , NYC 02. Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya with Minister Commercial of the Embassy of Sri Lanka Mr. Bandula Somasiri at the Summer Fancy Food Show, July 1, 2013, NYC 03. (From left) Mr. Bandula Somasiri (Minister Commercial – Embassy of Sri Lanka), Hon. Earl Gunaskara (Deputy Minister – Plantations Industries, Sri Lanka),Mr. Damitha Narangoda (Director General of Sri Lanka Tea Board), Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya at the at the Breakfast Tea Seminar – July 2, 2013, Greater New York Chamber of Commerce , NYC 04. A visitor tastes Ceylon tea at the Summer Fancy Food Show, July 1, 2013, NYC
Continuing its vigorous nation branding campaign in the US, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC embarked on yet another initiative on January 31 by hosting a glittering evening for over 100 guests who were keen to experience different cultures of the world, from the Greater Washington area. The primary objective of this well attended function jointly organized by the Embassy and the International Club DC was to promote Sri Lanka as a travel destination.Ambassador Wickramasuriya highlights latest economic and political developments in Sri Lanka Washington, Jan 31, 2013: Continuing its vigorous nation branding campaign in the US, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Washington DC embarked on yet another initiative on January 31 by hosting a glittering evening for over 100 guests who were keen to experience different cultures of the world, from the Greater Washington area. The primary objective of this well attended function jointly organized by the Embassy and the International Club DC was to promote Sri Lanka as a travel destination. Attendance of a large US audience was utilized as an ideal platform to showcase and promote Ceylon Tea – Sri Lanka’s unique gift to the World. The colorful evening reflecting the warm hospitality of Sri Lanka was much appreciated by the invitees. They profusely thanked the Ambassador for hosting this wonderful event that would generate much interest among prospective travelers to Sri Lanka. The audience was comprised of diverse personalities including professionals, business leaders and media personnel. In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya opined that with the dawn of peace, many opportunities have emerged for international business in Sri Lanka. The Embassy always harnesses this conducive environment to promote real business opportunities in Sri Lanka amongst US corporate leaders. Speaking on Sri Lanka’s excellent bilateral relations with the US, Ambassador Wickramasuriya informed that the contacts between the people of the US and Sri Lanka are more than two centuries, although diplomatic ties are only 65 years old. Sri Lanka has been a long standing friend of the US holding deeply shared values and democratic traditions, Ambassador Wickramasuriya stated. Elaborating on current economic and political developments in Sri Lanka, Ambassador Wickramasuriya highlighted the accelerated programmes of reconciliation, rehabilitation and redevelopment undertaken under the visionary leadership of His Excellency President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He further added that the US is Sri Lanka’s largest export market with an annual turnover of over USD 2 Billion. In terms of Foreign Direct Investment and Tourism, the US is a very important partner for Sri Lanka. Since this special event was to highlight what Sri Lanka could offer to US visitors, Ambassador Wickramasuriya invited the wide and representative gathering to explore Sri Lanka and experience its unique characteristics. He described the scenic beauty of Sri Lanka - mountains shrouded in mist, cascading waterfalls and golden beaches together with its rich and ancient cultural heritage. Sri Lanka’s emergence as the ideal location for surfing was also featured. The tourism industry is booming in Sri Lanka and reached 1,000,000 tourist arrivals in 2012 surpassing all expectations. In this context, Ambassador cited the many references described by reputed travel writers including the latest Lonely Planet Guide which declared Sri Lanka as the best travel destination in 2013. This vibrant and dynamic sector has also attracted leading US hoteliers such as Marriott International, Starwood- Sheraton, intimated the Ambassador. The enthusiasm of the evening was very evident with the spontaneous response received from the invitees to join the special flight which would be organized by the Embassy for the ceremonial opening of Mattala International Airport in southern Sri Lanka on March 18, 2013. The evening drew to a close with the visitors savouring sumptuous authentic Sri Lanka culinary spread specially prepared by the Embassy chef. [gallery] Captions: 01. Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya addressing the gathering – Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional event at the Sri Lanka Residence, Washington, Jan 31, 2013 . 02. A section of the gathering at the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional event 03. Ceylon Tea, Sri Lanka’s gift to the World was also introduced to the guests during the Tourism Promotional event at the Sri Lanka Residence, Washington 04. Guests enjoying authentic Sri Lankan cuisines - Sri Lanka Residence, Washington, Jan 31, 2013 05. Ambassador Wickramasuriya with the guests - Sri Lanka Residence, Washington, Jan 31, 2013 06. Ambassador Wickramasuriya with the guests - Sri Lanka Residence, Washington, Jan 31, 2013 07. Guests watching Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional videos on large LED display - Sri Lanka Residence, Washington, Jan 31, 2013
Ambassador Jaliya Wickramasuriya addressing the business forum on Ceylon Tea – Sri Lanka’s Gift to the World at the Washington Hilton on September 20, 2012 [image title="1" size="full" id="4926" align="center" linkto="viewer" ]
Assistant US Trade Representative Michael Delaney speaking at the business forum on Ceylon Tea – Sri Lanka’s Gift to the World organized at the Washington Hilton on September 20th, 2012 [image title="2" size="full" id="4923" align="center" linkto="viewer" ]

 

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