Colombo, Nov 07 (BAN/ AD): Recently Association of Belgian Travel Organizers (ABTO) visited Sri Lanka on the invitation of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga. The delegation was warmly welcomed and also a cultural performance was organized.
6 member delegation was headed by ABTO Board President Luc Coussement (TUI), ABTO Secretary General Ilse Meyers, ABTO Vice President Jean – Luc Hans (BT Tours), ABTO member Dirk Rykaseys of Imagine Travel and Senior Journalist Yves Edgard Slabbinck of ‘The Travel Magazine’.
The familiarization tour was organized by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB), covering areas such as Sigiriya, Kandy and Galle showcasing what Sri Lanka has to offer. A press conference was organized by Minister Amaratunga along with other ministers. The delegation was impressed with the strategies Sri Lanka has taken to revive its tourism sector.
“Though Belgium is currently generating only 14,000 tourists to Sri Lanka, there is a huge potential in this market with 11 million visits taken annually by Belgium nationals.” Delegation member said.
Although delegation was on a short visit they gathered exclusive experience of tourist attractions in Sri Lanka.