Sri Lanka: A Gem In the Indian Ocean
The Consul General of Sri Lanka, Lal Wickrematunge, joined forces with the Tourism Promotion Bureau and Sri Lankan Airlines to celebrate Sri Lanka’s participation in the Tourism Industry Exhibition that was held in Sydney at Dockside Darling Harbour on 21-22 August. The morning event featured traditional dances, cultural performances and a delicious breakfast with a wide variety of traditional Sri Lankan delicacies, including awardwinning Ceylon black tea. "Sri Lanka, formerly known as Ceylon, has a tropical and humid climate that has unique advantages for the local black tea industry," Mr Wickrematunge said.
The Consul General went on to say that unlike other Southeast Asian countries, Sri Lanka is blessed with the bounties of the Indian Ocean, making it a home for prosperous fishing communities and offering a huge selection of seafood delicacies. The deeply rooted culture is on bright and colourful display wherever you turn, playing a defining role for the country and its people. Mr Wikrematunge described the beauty of his country: “In Sinhalese, Sri Lanka means ‘a rich and fertile land’ or ‘land of happiness’, We think of ourselves as a dazzling gem set in the rich surrounds of the Indian Ocean.”
The small island boasts endless coastal beaches and stunning mountainous terrain that peaks at 2,500 metres. Sri Lanka is attracting more international visitors than ever before, becoming increasingly popular with Chinese and nd Australian visitors especially.
“Sri Lanka’s natural scenic beauty, simple traditional customs and affordability makes it a popular tourist destination for travellers from all over the world,” Sutheash Balasubramaniam, Managing director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau said. Whether you’re in the mood for a beach getaway, an adventure or you just want to soak up local colour and culture, this island gem has all that you want and more.
外交大使Lal Wickrematunge 稱，斯里蘭卡與其他東南亞國家不同，四面環海、海產豐盛，當地居民多篤信宗教，因此宗教對國家和民眾影響力深遠。「紅茶、橡膠和椰子