City tour adds zest to Christmas fest | Sunday Observer

City tour adds zest to Christmas fest

A Christmas Edition of the iconic Colombo City Tour service operated by Ebert Silva Holidays was launched at Galle Face Hotel in Colombo.

The special service which coincides with the annual Christmas Fest organized by Sri Lanka Tourism. This service was offered on a complimentary basis for tourists.

The official launch of this special service was held under the patronage of Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga, Chairperson of Ebert Silva Holidays, Rajini de Silva Mendis and General Manager of Galle Face Hotel, Deni Ohlsen-Dukic.

Minister Amaratunga speaking at the launch noted that Sri Lanka was keen on developing event based tourism and Christmas and Vesak have been identified as key calendar events. “In the last few years we have transformed Colombo in to a festive hub during the Christmas season.

“This year we have gone a step further in association with the private sector which is the driving force behind this initiative.

“I hope tourists will take note of what we are doing and spread the word, especially on social media,” said Minister Amaratunga. Speaking on the launch Chairperson, Ebert Silva Holidays, Rajini De Silva Mendis said that Ebert Silva Holidays was very happy to be a part of the city celebrations and that the City Tour buses will link the festive events with the hotels. “We are offering a complimentary shuttle service for foreign guests as well as for Sri Lankans to get to these locations in an enjoyable manner, celebrate and then get back to their hotels using the same service.”

She added, “I commend the Ministry of Tourism and Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau for initiating this,so that foreign visitors will not be missing Christmas at home.” General Manager, Galle Face Hotel, Deni Ohlsen-Dukic said that Galle Face Hotel was honoured to partner Sri Lanka Tourism and Colombo City Tour on this venture. “Through these festive events we are promoting Sri Lanka and especially the city in a very effective and memorable manner,” he said. (PR)

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