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SLAITO takes initiative to make Sri Lanka turnaround destination for cruise tourism

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In an aggressive and a positive approach, Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) has decided to initiate a strategy to develop cruise tourism of the country which would have multiple and ripple effects to the tourism industry and the economic development of the country.

The initiative was driven with the leadership of the chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau, Rohantha Athukorala who decided to join and support the Colombo International Maritime Conference to give a new development and a dimension for the maritime industry of Sri Lanka.

Maritime analysts and industry experts believe that given the right environment and the location of the country which is known as a one of the top tourist hot spots in the world, Sri Lanka now can develop into a turnaround destination for the luxury cruise tourism industry.

The challenge is to get the proper infrastructure, upgrade the standards of services and facilitate with high quality customs and embarkation and disembarkation process without any hindrance to passengers.

The CIMC will, highlight the opportunities for Sri Lanka in the maritime industry and will open up a new corridor of development opportunities for the tourism sector.

The CIMC as well as SLAITO organizers intend to give a strong message to the government and policy makers to make the right decisions to use this new opportunity to make use of the maritime economy of the country for the prosperity of its people. "We hope that right people will be put to the industry to drive the maritime industry.

This sector can uplift the country as there are many good examples available from the region," said Rohan Masakorala Chairman, Organising Committee of the Colombo International Maritime Conference.

John Tercek, Vice President of the Caribbean Cruises will be the key note speaker of the tourism segment of the conference along with the speaker from Royal Asian cruises Bill Chambers.

The CIMC will be held from September 24 to 26, 2015 in line with the IMO/UN maritime day, with the participation of 30 international speakers. Audience would attract more than 400 local and international participants.

Details of the Colombo International Maritime Conference can be found on www.cimc2015.com

(DN - 14092015)

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