28th February 2011, dailymirror.lk
The final day of the series of GP-14 world Sailing Championship took off at the Negombo beach last Friday as the fleet of yachts launched with the sea breeze at the Negombo beach.
The [GP14] World Cup is held in Sri Lanka for the first time in the history, which was earlier limited mostly to the European countries. With the perfect conditions of golden sandy shores and fresh breeze to magnify the yachting experience, the beaches in Sri Lanka can be seen as an ideal location for yachting enthusiasts.
"By conducting an International event of this nature, we are able to convince the world that Sri Lanka is an ideal place for sports and adventure activities enriched with lot of vibrancy and added pleasures that come with it" said Malraj Kiriella - Actg.
Managing Director of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau, who are jointly promoting this remarkable event in the international markets. He also added that events like these would help promote Sri Lanka among the adventure tourists who are travelling around the world seeking such exciting opportunities to enjoy with.
Contestants from ten different countries including Australia, UK, South Africa, Belgium, America and Norway take part in this year's GP -14 World Sailing Championship held in Sri Lanka. Both local and international participants took part in the event adding color to the spirit of the game.
Early this year Sri Lanka Tourism declared Refreshingly Sri Lanka Visit 2011 Promotional campaign, and accordingly the month of February has been allocated to promote sports and adventure tourism. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau is planning to make the country as a venue for sports and adventure tourism and to target many foreign tourists to the country under this theme.
A surfing and beach volley ball tournament in the southern coast will follow GP-14 Sailing Championships, under the programme of events for month of February. Further Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau will organize a special seminar on "Sports Tourism" on the 28th February which will be followed by a display of "Angampora"- traditional martial arts. The month's programme of activities will have main focus on the ICC cricket tournament which will start their matches in Sri Lanka on the 20th of February.
Sri Lanka tourism has already introduced special tour packages to bring down tourists to the country during the period.
Further Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau is planning to organize publicity and promotion programmes targeting visiting media and foreign tourists. Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau believes that above all programmes would make setting to achieve their target of 2.5 tourists by 2016.
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