The United Nations World Tourism Organization declared World Tourism Day on 27 th September since 1980. The purpose of celebrating World Tourism Day is to raise awareness about the role of the tourism around the world and to promote social, cultural, political and economic values. This year the theme of World Tourism Day is “Tourism and jobs: a better future for all”.
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau made arrangements to celebrate World Tourism Day at the Bandaranaike International Airport on 27the September with the foreign guests visiting Sri Lanka. A special ceremony was organized in front of Sri Lanka Tourism Travel Information Counter right throughout the day with cultural performance and serving of traditional Sri Lankan sweets for the arriving tourists. Many tourists who arrived took part in the celebrations tasting the traditional sweets and enjoying Sri Lankan Dance. There were Dutch, Australians, British, German, Chinese and Indian guests among them. A larger groups of Fox Verre Reizen from Netherlands and Travel Marvel from Australia . Most of them have visited Sri Lanka for the first time and expressed that they look forward to a great stay in Sri Lanka with the warm hospitality of Srilankans.