27th September 2010, www.dailynews.lk, By Ramani Kangaraarachchi
The first tea lounge and the tea education centre in Colombo was opened at Elvitigala Mawatha Colombo by Russels Tea on Saturday in the presence of several tea giants in Sri Lanka. Akbar Brothers Director Joseph Sinnaiah said it is very timely that this type of tea education centre is opened in Colombo as tea is the main foreign exchange earner for Sri Lanka. He said that it should be a subject in schools. "The country has opened for tourism and this centre will give immense value to build the image of Sri Lanka in the future," he said.
Six leading tea companies in the country namely Akbar Brothers, Bogawanthalawa Plantation, Ranfer Pvt Ltd, Empire Teas, Amazon Teas and Imperial Tea Exporters have joined in this venture.
Jetwing Hotels Chairman Hiran Cooray has planned to promote the centre as a tourist stop-over.
Sixty types of local and foreign tea grades and samples from countries like China, Taiwan and Kenya are on display. The history of James Taylor and his life style in Sri Lanka is also displayed at the centre.
The Tea Pride magazine an educational book published by Russels Tea Managing Director Russel Perera was one of the highlights at the ceremony. This will be available in hotels and with travel agents. This was designed to attract tourists and local visitors.
The first book was presented to Akbar Brothers Director Joseph Sinnaiah.
Image: Russels Tea Managing Director Russel Perera presenting the Tea Pride magazine to Akbar Brothers Director Joseph Sinnaiah.