Sunday Leader: Sri Lanka’s world renowned open-air art fair Kala Pola once again unleashes a riot of colour and camaraderie along the sidewalks of Ananda Coomaraswamy Mawatha in Colombo on January 22.

Large numbers of resident and visiting expatriat and tourists from around the world thronged the event to purchase the Sri Lankan art on offer in a fun-filled ambiance of music and entertainment.

For 24 years, Kala Pola has been a major cultural and tourist attraction, drawing inspiration from similar open-air art fairs in Europe, especially the iconic and legendary Montmartre in Paris.

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Big boost for Sri Lanka tourism as new resort development OK’d Puttalam and Kalpitiya are to be developed as premier Sri Lanka tourism zones that will focus on attracting more travellers to the region, particularly 14 islets off Kalpitiya.

According to the authorities, the Kalpitiya region has a great potential to generate a higher foreign exchange income with much to offer.

Sri Lanka aims to attract more than 2.5 million tourist arrivals this year to generate more than US$ 4 billion as foreign exchange income, paving the way for four million arrivals by 2020 with an income of nearly US$ 10 billion.

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Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group to launch in Sri Lanka

RusTourismNews: Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group marked its entry into Sri Lanka at a recent groundbreaking ceremony of Park Inn by Radisson Colombo.

Located just 26 kilometers from the Bandaranaike International Airport, Park Inn promises “an ambience of contemporary Sri Lankan art that epitomizes the Park Inn by Radisson brand’s cornerstone of ‘Adding Color to LifeSM’”.

Says Thorsten Kirschke, president, Asia Pacific, Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group: “Sri Lanka, Wonder of Asia, is globally renowned as a tropical paradise. The nation’s pristine, natural beauty coupled with numerous breath-taking experiences and activities, is perfectly aligned with Park Inn by Radisson’s positioning as bright, bold, fresh and energetic.”

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Sri Lanka appoints European tourism and hospitality consultant

Daily Mirror: A veteran hospitality and tourism industry professional has been appointed as honorary consultant to the Ministry of Tourism Development with special focus on Germany and the European Continent.

Nihal Samarasinha, pictured, who has wide experience in the European tourism and hospitality industry, presently serves as Sri Lanka’s Honorary Consul in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany.

Minister of Tourism Development John Amaratunga said that “Samarasinha is an asset to Sri Lanka and the time is right to tap his wealth of experience for the benefit of the country. Sri Lanka Tourism must make use of this golden opportunity by leveraging his knowledge of the European market to promote Sri Lanka”.

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Top Swiss hotel group ‘confident about Sri Lanka’

Softlogic: Leading Swiss hospitality brand Mövenpick is upbeat on Sri Lanka’s tourism industry’s prospects, basing its confidence on its first hotel in the country whilst optimistic on future opportunities for resort properties.

Says MiddleEast and South Asia Chief Operating Officer Andreas Mattmller: “We are very confident about the future of Sri Lanka and we are absolutely delighted to be here. This country has an amazing potential to grow.”

He said they welcome more international hotels to come to Sri Lanka as they look at the big picture, adding that the entry of global hotel chains would help to promote the destination of Colombo and Sri Lanka as a whole.

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