The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) successfully participated at the IFTM TOP RESA, International and French Travel Market 2022, held from 20 to 22 September 2022 with the coordination of the Embassy of Sri Lanka in France.
France is the fifth largest source market to Sri Lanka, with tourist arrivals from the first eight months totaling to 28,235. IFTM is one of the most prestigious tourism exhibitions and attracts thousands of participants from around the world. Nearly 200 destinations, 1,700 brands and 34,000 tourism professionals participated at IFTM TOP RESA – 2022.
Under the flag of SLAITO, leading tour operators from Sri Lanka, Aitken Spence Travels, Andrew the Travel Company, Authenticities Sri Lanka, Connaisance de Ceylan, Jetwing Travels, Lion Royal Tourism, Lanka Sportreizen, Walkers Tours and national carrier Sri Lankan Airlines were represented at the Sri Lanka Pavilion.
Sri Lanka’s participation at this exhibition is significant and timely in light of many countries in the EU Region especially France and Spain that have relaxed their travel advisories against Sri Lanka. Therefore, representation at this exhibition encourages tourists visits to Sri Lanka for during the forthcoming winter season.
The Sri Lanka pavilion was officially opened by the Ambassador of Sri Lanka to France Prof.Kshanika Hirimburegama with the participation of Diplomatic officers, members of leading tour operators and representatives of the travel industry in France. The pavilion was widely publicized among tour operators, journalists, social media bloggers and other relevant stake holders in France and Spain sending the message that Sri Lanka is ready to welcome all tourists.