Mr. Norbert Andreas Fiebig , President , DRV , being presented a souvenir by Mr. Kishu Gomes, Chairman , SLTPB
A high profile delegation from German Travel Association (DRV ) headed by its Chief, Mr. Andreas Fiebig visited Sri Lanka on 22nd October 2019 on an invitation extended by the Hon. Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife & Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga .The delegation was warmly welcomed by Sri Lanka Tourism officials on their arrival at the BIA. The main purpose of their visit was to support Sri Lanka at this moment of hour by promoting Sri Lanka among their membership as a potential destination to visit. The delegation held discussions with the Hon. Minister of Tourism Development and with Mr. Kishu Gomes, Chairman SLTPB exploring the possible promotions including a Trade FAM tour over the next three months.
The DRV president speaking at the press conference
A press conference was also held in Colombo, which consisted of some important topics on developing Sri Lanka as a number one travel destination and on encouraging more tourist arrivals from Germany. The press conference was headed by a distinguished panel of guests including Mr. Kishu Gomes, Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau, (SLTPB) Ms. Charmarie Maelge , Managing Director , Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) Mr. Norbert Andreas Fiebig , President , DRV , H.E John Rhode, German Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Mr. DimuthuTennakoon, ,Head of Worldwide Sales, Sri Lankan Airlines, and Mr. Andreas Hergenrother, Chief delegate, German Industry and Chamber and Commerce.
Chief participants at the head table
Hon. Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife & Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga said, “I would like to thank Mr. Andreas Fiebig, President of the German Travel Agents Association, DRV for accepting my invitation and visiting Sri Lanka. I consider this visit of the German travel industry delegation as a gesture of solidarity with Sri Lanka in the backdrop of the unfortunate incidents last April. Germany has been an old friend of our tourism industry. During the difficult days in the 80s and 90s Germany was the leading source market for us. With nearly 50 million Germans travelling overseas each year there is no reason why Germany cannot reclaim this title in Sri Lanka. Our mix of tourism offerings is ideally suited for the German market and it is my hope and wish that the DRV delegation will convey the fact that Sri Lanka is a safe destination for all tourists.”
Mr. Kishu Gomes, Chairman SLTPB addressing the gathering
During his speech, the DRV President expressed that Sri Lanka’s pristine beaches and Ayurvedha are the major attractions for German tourists.
‘’Our delegation consisting of high ranking members of Germany’s tourism industry, most of them organized in DRV’s Technical Committee on Outbound Tourism and they are very much looking forward to promote Sri Lanka’’ he further added.
Head table -Mr. Kishu Gomes, Chairman SLTPB, Ms. Charmarie Maelge , Managing Director, SLTPB, Mr. Norbert Andreas Fiebig, president DRV,Mr. DimuthuTennakoon, Head of Worldwide Sales, Sri Lankan Airlines, and Mr. Volker Goetz Adams, Head of Political Affairs of DRV.
Managing Director SLTPB, Ms. Charmarie Maelge thanked the President of the DRV Association for taking the initiative to visit Sri Lanka and support the destination in its promotional activities. She mentioned, ‘’ Sri Lanka Tourism has had amazing support from all of our overseas trade partners and also from the consumer’s world over to bring back the destination to be a highly popular and a much demanded holiday destination’’.
The participants posing for a group photo after having met the Hon. Minister
The press conference also provided the opportunity for the media to ask questions where it took a very interesting turn, with key questions which were relevant to the industry.
The German delegation will be returning on the 26th of October after a brief tour of the country, including visits to main tourist attractions such as Sigiriya ,Dambulla, and Negombo . Germany is one of the top ten markets for Sri Lanka Tourism. This visit is expected to create a major impact on promoting Sri Lanka as a number one travel destination and also to attract more tourists from Germany.
The delegation also met the Hon. Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife & Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga and Senior SLTPB officials
On their arrival in Sri Lanka
TIC officers welcoming the German delegation
The German delegation
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