The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has strongly rejected claims that tourism industry leaders have decided to boycott the Sri Lanka Tourism Awards tomorrow as President Maithripala Sirisena has been invited as the Chief Guest.
SLTDA, as the governing body of Sri Lanka Tourism, believes that the duties vested in the institution should be carried forward under any circumstances and as a collective decision, hosting Sri Lanka Tourism Awards 2018 was decided to recognize the industry stakeholders after a break of 6 long years.
SLTDA is of the opinion that it is best to invite the Head of State to attend the event, despite the prevailing political situation, as the event is the national event to recognize the valuable contributions made by individuals and organizations for the development of the Tourism Industry in Sri Lanka.
It has also come to notice that more than 400 invitees have already confirmed their participation for the ceremony tomorrow (6) hence SLTDA looks forward to seeing all the stakeholders in celebrating the achievements of Sri Lanka’s Tourism industry after 6 long years. (Colombo Gazette)