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Sri Lanka Pavilion, a major draw at Vakantiebeurs 2017 in The Netherlands

12 Jan 2017


The Sri Lanka Pavilion at the Vakantiebeurs Fair – 2017 is proving to be a major attraction for the large number of visitors attending this Travel and Tourism Fair in the City of Utrecht The Netherlands. With over 120,000 visitors, the Vakantiebeurs has acquired international recognition as the single most important tourism event in The Netherlands since the 1970s. No other Travel and Tourism event in Europe attracts as many consumers as the Vakantiebeurs.

The Sri Lanka Pavilion was ceremonially inaugurated by the Mayor of Utrecht, Hon. Jan van Zanen and the Ambassador of Sri Lanka Mr. A.M.J. Sadiq on the opening day of the Fair, Tuesday, 10th January 2017, with the distinguished participation of the Ambassadors of Bangladesh, Canada, Iran and Iraq in The Netherlands.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Ambassador Sadiq highlighted the significance of the Netherlands, rapidly gaining importance as a growing source of tourist arrivals for Sri Lanka. He pointed out that while foreign tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka crossed the 2 million market in 2016, The Netherlands continued to post double digit growth over the last 2 years.  41,373 Dutch tourists visited Sri Lanka in 2016, a robust 26.4% increase over the figure of  32,742 recorded in the previous year, 2015. He urged the 11 Sri Lankan tour operators attending the Fair to seize the opportunity afforded by their participation to promote Sri Lanka among the outward bound Dutch tour operators and the Dutch public visiting the Fair.

Sri Lanka has been attending the Vakantiebeurs Fair for over a decade and it is expected that the 2017 edition would prove to be an even greater success than in previous years, with the participating tour operators  being able to establish new contacts with their potential Dutch  counterparts and reinforce  business partnerships with  existing clients.

The Fair will continue until Sunday, 15th January, with the first two days being reserved for tourism and travel related companies and professionals, while the other days are open to the general public.



Embassy of Sri Lanka
The Hague
12th January 2017

Sri Lanka Investment and Business Conclave 2017 - Growth through Partnerships

09 Jan 2017

Sri  Lanka  Investment  and  Business  Conclave  2017  - Growth  through  Partnerships

30th May to 1st June 2017, Colombo,  Sri  Lanka

 The  Embassy  of  Sri  Lanka  in  The  Netherlands  is  pleased  to  inform  you  that  the  Sri  Lanka  Investment  and  Business  Conclave  :  Growth  through  Partnerships,  will   be  held  from  30th May  to 01st June  2017,  in  Cinnamon  Grand,  Colombo, Sri  Lanka.


The  event  is  organized  by  the  Ceylon  Chamber  of  Commerce  in  association  with  the  Ministry  of  Development  Strategies  &  International  Trade,  Ministry  of  Foreign  Affairs, Sri  Lanka  Export  Development  Board, Board  of  Investments  of  Sri  Lanka and  other  related  organizations.


The  Investment  and  Business  Conclave  2017  provides  a platform  for business  institutions,  corporates  and   individual  investors  to  enhance  their  investments  with  guidance  and  as  well  as  with  networking  opportunity  to   establish  investment  and business partnerships  with  Sri  Lanka.


The  focused  sectors  are  Agriculture, Apparel, Education, Export Manufacturing, Export Services, Infrastructure,  Knowledge  Services, Tourism and Leisure  and Other. 

The Government’s vision for “Sustainable Era” launched

06 Jan 2017

President Maithripala Sirisena says today everyone needs to work unitedly with the spirit of brotherhood as well as with discipline to build the country, but not for those who are in power to aim to retain it and those who are out of power to regain it.


He made these remarks participating at the national ceremony to launch the programme of building of a sustainable Sri Lanka, where everybody will share its dividends, held at the Presidential Secretariat, today (02).


The Government has declared the Year 2017 as the year of poverty alleviation and many programmes have been implemented to achieve sustainable development goals according to the vision of the Government on poverty elimination.


The preparing of the national policy on the drive of Sri Lanka to achieve 2030 sustainable development goals will implement in parallel to this. The national policy will be prepared  by a Committee which consist of experts in 17 fields related to 17 selected spheres of  2030 sustainable development goals.


Expressing his views further the President said that we needed to be strong economically as a country in the year 2017. He said that every possible step will be taken in this year to free the people from poverty and to save the country from the financial crisis, and emphasized that many programmes will implement to increase the export revenue while developing the Local industries and the agricultural sector.


President Sirisena stated that we should protect and nourish the natural resources to achieve the targets of sustainable development, and further said that the great words uttered by the Arahant Mahinda that the right to land should be ensured for every living being including human beings, is greatly valid for today and tomorrow as well as in the past .


The President said that the national reconciliation is important in moving towards achieving sustainable development goals and said that always our country could be developed only in ensuring the peace, brotherhood and mutual trust among the communities.


The President expresses his happiness over launching a special programme for the future of the country and its citizens with the dawn of the New Year and said that all including the political leaders, public officials, religious leaders should unite with a commitment to achieve success in this programme.


The President launched the vision for the sustainable era and later the President presented the framework programme of Sri Lanka, which is prepared to outline the Government’s strategies for achieving 2030 UN sustainable development goals, to Prof. Mohan Munasinghe, a Committee Member of the Sustainability Era Advisory Board.


Ministers and MPs, including Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya, Ambassadors and state officials participated in this event.

President’s New Year Message

01 Jan 2017

New Year Message of the President of the

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka




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