In his speech Anandaraj made some interesting and novel observations that perhaps have escaped the view of many in the industry, which has always been the most affected by the ongoing ethnic conflict since twenty five years ago.
He commented that with fluctuating occupancy levels in the midst of conflicts and calamities that befell the country, people involved in this industry have managed to forge ahead to keep the industry alive.
"We should look at ourselves along with other countries, at least in the region, that have suffered similar setbacks and has pulled themselves together at a quick pace", said Anandaraj emphasising on the rich culture and the heritage of the country that plays a focal point in tourism here.
"Sadly, Sri Lankans do not create a positive impression in the minds of visitors on that aspect", he said.
He further emphasised that enlightening tourists on such matters can not be done by only people involved in this industry. It has to be inculcated within the minds of the people of this nation as a whole.
School children should be led to be aware of such matters from their schooling days which will make them realise that begging for goodies from a foreigner is not within the accepted norms.
In his rather well worded speech the new President made a point by saying that most people involved in tourism today are not aware of certain values and have the minimal knowledge of who our competitors are and how they have generated an edge over our country in tourism promotion.
China Market Food Fest at Great Wall
FOOD FESTIVAL: A great way to dine - savour some of the most delicious and authentic Chinese food will be the 'China Market' Food Festival at Great Wall Restaurant, Bambalapitiya from November 24-30.
The only ISO certified Chinese restaurant in Sri Lanka, Great Wall Restaurant will present the 'China Market' Food Festival with a host of discounts, surprises and prizes.
Expert Chinese Chef, Mong Gua, and his Sri Lankan Chinese food maestros, Executive Chef, Sirisoma Ekanayaka and Chef Bertie Seneviratne will present some of the most delicious and authentic Chinese dishes while you enter the 'Chinese Market' at the Great Wall restaurant.
From authentic Chinese starters, to signature dishes like the 'Steam Boat', 'Tom Yam', Sizzling Beef, spicy beef, fried mutton with ginger and spring onions, Beef Pepper. Lamb Chops, Western style Lamb Chops, Sizzling Chicken, Fried Chicken with black bean sauce, Sweet and Sour Chicken, Fried Chicken with Ginger and Spring Onions, Fried Crispy Duck, Peking Duck, the list is endless.
For seafood lovers, a variety of seafood dishes, Chilli Prawns, Butter Prawns, Grilled Prawns in Garlic sauce, Chinese steamed fish with lime and chilly, Clay Pot Pepper Fish, Steamed fish with black bean sauce, Sweet and sour fish fillet, Sizzling fish fillet, Indonesian Prawns and many more.
The festival will also cater to vegetarians with salt and pepper mushroom, Chinese Cabbage in bean curd sauce, Fried 'Kankun' with garlic, fried vegetables and many more. Don't miss the China Market food festival at the Great Wall Restaurant, Bambalapitiya from November 24-30. \
Fabulous Flames at Holiday Inn
COOKING: The Holiday Inn Colombo, renown for presenting authentic theme nights to discerning gourmets, will delight its patrons once again with a splendid Flambe Night at the Gardenia Coffee Shop.
This form of cooking which requires absolute skill was originally introduced by the Master Chefs of France during the 18th century.
When using this method of Flambe the cook should have both the portion of food and liqueur warmed, where later on the liqueur is ignited in a heavy pan made of stainless steel or copper, at the table side of a guest.
The food when served will release the captivating aroma of the liqueur. Following this French tradition the Holiday Inn Chefs will personally take your order at your table and keep you mesmerized with their culinary showmanship.
The Flambe Night will showcase some of the choicest meat, poultry and Seafood which will no doubt keep you coming back for more.
The individual dishes include Porter house steak, Club steak, Entrecotes, Rib Eye, Chateaubriand, Lamb chop, Chicken drum, Seafood kebab, Shish kebab, Shishtouk, Calamari, Crabs, King fish, Shoe lobster and juicy Jumbo prawns.
Also on offer is a handpicked selection of garden fresh Salads accompanied with flavoursome soups. To further enhance your dining experience the desserts too will be Flambed at your table side. This promotion will continue till December 11, every Saturday evening.
BBQ and grill promotion at Deli Market
PROMOTION: Put a zing to your life with the all-time favourites - BBQ'd and grilled to your taste, at the BBQ and grill promotion at Deli Market, located at World Trade Centre, Colombo, beginning Monday November 20.
Burgers - served on a bun with French Fries, "Chicken on the Barbie" with mayo, gherkins, lettuce and tomato. Health Vege Burger with cheese and basted with Raita, mad max double beef burger served with bacon, cheese and accompaniments.
From the grill-grilled pork chips, marinated and served with grilled onions, pineapple sauce and mash or fries, grilled prawns on a skewer served with Tomato provencal, Roast chicken with salad, accompanied with Naan and Raita and Monterey chicken grilled and topped with cheese.
Sizzling BBQ - well marinated Baby Ribs, BBQ Buffalo wings, sizzling sliced Tenderloin steak seasoned, Pork Tenderloin, Colombo Deep Fried Calamari lightly battered and fried, and Blackened Seerfish with Bistro mix.
Hot Digiti... your favourite garlic chicken sausage with mustard sauce and farmers' sausage served with 'sauerkraut' - the list is endless.
It's a treat for BBQ and grilled food lovers at the BBQ and grill promotion at Deli Market beginning Monday November 20.
Stephen Gaborieau at Spoons
CHEF: Stephane Gaborieau who has been recognized for his creativity and knowledge of food is ready to fly back to Colombo for the third time as a special guest chef at Spoons - Hilton Colombo from November 26 to December 4, 2006.
Michelin stars are awarded for the standard of meals served. "Chef Gaborieau also has been awarded the Milleur Ouvrier de France award - Best workman of France on the grounds of professional experience and is an honour to have him with us", said the hotel's Marketing Communications Manager, Gigi De Silva. Stephane used to be the Chef at Villa Florentine in Lenon and currently running Le Pergolese Restaurant in Paris and is a cuisenaire consultant.
Christmas cake mixing ceremony at Queen's Hotel
The Hotel will be well decorated and the music for Christmas will begin from December, The Food and Beverage Manager and the Executive Chef have made many plans for guests who arrive during this Festive Season.
The year ending bash will be at the Royal Ball Room and the best band will provide music for every need to all guests to dust their feet in tempo until dawn.
This would be "The Best Night of the Year" and "The Last Night of the Year" at Queen's Hotel, Kandy.
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