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Pakistan, promising market for Sri Lanka's meetings industry

PROMOTION: The Sri Lanka Convention Bureau together with SriLankan Airlines and the industry members conducted a MICE ( Meetings, Incentive Travel, Conferences and Exhibitions) promotion in Karachi on December 5 at Avara Towers which was attended by over hundred potential MICE buyers in Pakistan.

The chief guest of the occasion was the provincial, cultural and Tourism Minister of Pakistan and the event was given wide publicity by Pakistan TV. The Sri Lankan delegation was led by Chairman Sri Lanka Convention Bureau Haniffa Ishak. Other members included General Manager SLCB Vipula Wanigasekera and Director General BMICH Bandula Ekanayake with Sri Lankan Country Manager Tony Thalayaratne joining in Karachi.

Sri Lankan MICE industry members who joined the promotion were Padmi Fernando, Cinnamon Hotels and Resorts, Dilshad Sadiq, John Keells Group, Zainoor Adahan Connaissance Holdings, Arjun Dharmadasa and Imran Hassen, Lanka Exhibition and Conference Services, Shafath Amidon NKAR Travels and Tours, Eranka Saparamadu, ACE Conventions and Travels, Pandula Weerakoon Oceanview Resorts, and Gemunu Amarasinghe, Jetwing group.

The promotion included presentations by SLCB and SriLankan Airlines followed by interactive sessions for the members of the delegation to meet and establish business contacts with Pakistan counterparts.

The programme also enabled the members to make prior appointments with potential clients and have discussions before and after the promotion.

Pakistan has become an important market for Sri Lankan MICE industry with the main attribute being the increasing awareness among Pakistan MICE Operators, Meeting Planners, Incentive Houses and Corporates on the facilities available in Sri Lanka in a wide ranging options.

The Bureau has conducted road shows with SriLankan airlines in Karachi and Lahore in the past few years but last year, the promotion did not take place due to the earthquake in Pakistan.

A number of special MICE promotions are scheduled for next year in Pakistan and the Bureau is also planning to reach out to corporates through presentations at trade and investment events in Pakistan.

It is envisaged that Pakistan MICE tourism into Sri Lanka will grow over 8% every year with Sri Lanka becoming value for money destination for Pakistan MICE visitors.

The MICE industry takes advantage on Sri Lanka's diversity to work out special incentive packages using Nature, Culture and Adventure and particularly the Pakistani visitors have been attracted to incentives coupled with shopping, dining, and activity based packages etc.


Gamin Gamata - Presidential Community & Welfare Service
Sri Lanka

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