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Monday, 04 February 2002  
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Government - Gazette

Sunday Observer

Budusarana On-line Edition

Polish tour group in Sri Lanka

by C. L. Ihalagamage in Poland

WARSAW - A Polish tour group of 100 pharmaceutical professionals, attached to a leading pharmaceutical company - ICN Polfia Rzeszw S.A. in Warsaw, Poland will arrive in Sri Lanka today (February 4).

This is an integral part of the 100-day program proposed by the Sri Lanka Embassy in Poland.

The leader of the group, Ms. Luiza Zabovska who visited the Sri Lanka Embassy in Poland, said Sri Lanka was chosen from among seven tourist destinations including Egypt, France, Mexico, Spain and Austria.

The Group saw a video film on Sri Lanka, screened by the Sri Lanka Mission prior to the confirmation of the tour. Ambasador Tudor Gunasekera said: "We explained the actual situation in Sri Lanka and the Government's peace process which is a blessing for the tourism industry. During the discussion, we understood that most of the Polish tour operators and travellers liked visiting Sri Lanka and their priority was to visit ancient cultural sites."

Miss Luiza said, "The decision taken by the present Government to remove security barriers is a good decision, taken at an appropriate time. You should not give an impression to the international community as to Sri Lanka is a battlefield. Not only the citizens of the country but also foreign travellers should have their right to travel within the country liberally and generously."

The employees of the ICN Polfia Rzeszw S.A. organise tours to different destinations during their Winter holidays. "This time, my company chairman asked me to obtain travel information from the Sri Lanka Embassy in order to organise our Winter holiday tour. The Mission gave us all the necessary support in organising this tour. None of the members in the group has visited Sri Lanka before. From what we have heard and seen on the video, we are sure that we will be going to paradise island," Miss Luiza said.

The group has also planned to prepare a report to Poland. "We will submit a copy to the Sri Lanka Embassy in Poland with photographs on Sri Lanka, after the group returns," she said.

According to the program in Sri Lanka, the group will visit places such as the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, Nuwara Eliya and the holiday resorts down south.

Tour operators in Poland are aggressively marketing Sri Lanka as a beautiful tour destination. Within the last two years, the number of Polish tourists visiting Sri Lanka has increased significantly.

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