PATA is pleased to be organising the PATA Annual Summit 2017 at the Jetwing Blue Hotel in Negombo, Sri Lanka in May 2017.
PATA Annual Summit brings together international thought leaders, industry shapers, and senior decision-makers who are professionally engaged with the Asia Pacific region, attracting 200-400 delegates from 30+ countries, . The Summit serves both as the Association’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) and as a global tourism forum for enhancing the sustainable growth, value and quality of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.
Although recent peace has opened up the entire ‘island of serendipity’ to visitors, tourism here remains under-subscribed, leaving you to enjoy your Sri Lanka holiday in blissful serenity. Undeveloped beach paradises, a startlingly rich cultural heritage, a wide variety of tropical wildlife and adventure experiences… as well as warmly welcoming people and irresistible cuisine – but without any teaming hordes? Now is definitely the time to go.
With the whole of Sri Lanka now open to exploration, year-round sunshine is a reality, while beach lovers and adventurers alike will appreciate the combination of relaxing coastline and thrilling jungle interior. Any package tourists – a dirty phrase, in our book! – that do turn up head straight for the famed beaches on the south coast, and flop out for two weeks. Meanwhile, those in the know insist on a number of choice stops in their itinerary. Beautiful Galle, the fortified Colonial capital of the Southern Province, should be on any first time visitor’s list. Six other World Heritage sites include some of the most remarkable ancient engineering you’ll ever see, and some of the largest Buddhist temples ever built.
Wildlife enthusiasts revel in the 14 National Parks, with their populations of leopards, Asian elephants, langurs and lorises, amongst a huge list of species. There’s even a small rainforest biosphere, now protected by UNESCO. Wander up into the green hills to explore picturesque tea estates, mountain ranges, Buddhist pilgrim sites, and the jungle-clad city of Kandy, where you can enjoy the old antique shops and a great selection of restaurants.
- Dress Code: Business attire is the official dress code during business sessions. Dress code for evening social functions, unless otherwise specified within the program, is smart casual attire or national costume.
- Official Language: Both Sinhala and Tamil are the official and national languages of Sri Lanka. Although the two have different derivations, they share some characteristics, have loanwords from each other and influence each other’s linguistic evolution.
- Time: The time zone for Sri Lanka. It is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of GMT/UTC (GMT +05:30)
- Religion: Sri Lanka is a multi-religious society. Though Buddhism is the major religion, other religions such as Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.
- Weather: In Sri Lanka is dictated by two monsoon seasons which bring rain to the west and south-west coasts from May to September; and the east coast and northern region between October and February. The rest of the year is sunny and dry. Temperatures are fairly constant year round, with coastal regions enjoying average temperatures of 25-30°C and the highlands 15-18°C on average.
- Currency: The rupee is the currency of Sri Lanka, divided into 100 cents. It is issued by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The abbreviation is generally Rs., but SLRs. is occasionally used to distinguish it from other currencies also called rupee.
- Telephone: The Sri Lanka country code 94 will allow you to call Sri Lanka from another country. Sri Lanka telephone code 94 is dial after the IDD. Sri Lanka international dial 94 is followed by an area code.
- Electricity: The Sri Lankan electric transmission network consists principally of 132kV facilities, with a 220kV backbone connecting major inland hydroelectric generation to the capital region.
- Official Language: Sinhalese and Tamil are the two official languages of Sri Lanka. English is widely used for education, scientific and commercial purposes. Members of the Burgher community speak variant forms of Portuguese Creole and Dutch with varying proficiency, while members of the Malay community speak a form of Creole Malay that is unique to the island.
- Visa Information: For a Short Visit to Sri Lanka, travellers should obtain an ETA with effect from 1st of January 2012. On the basis of reciprocity, citizens of The Republic of Singapore, The Republic of Maldives and The Republic of Seychelles are exempt from the requirement of obtaining ETA to visit Sri Lanka.
The issuing authority of the ETA is the Department of Immigration & Emigration, Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Persons intending to visit Sri Lanka can apply for ETA online. In addition to this option, an applicant may also go for one of the alternative options.
Diplomatic and Official passport holders are exempt from ETA processing fee, only when their applications are submitted through the state agencies such as Ministries, Statutory Bodies, Sri Lanka Overseas Missions etc.
The ETA is initially limited to 30 days validity from the date of arrival although it may be extended for up to 90 days. For more information, visit http://www.immigration.gov.lk
This trendy coastal getaway with its vibrant new look, embodies a contemporary taste of luxury living. Modern elegance combined with simplicity is the key feature of the beautifully designed rooms and suites. Dining options at Jetwing Blue are many and varied, with each meal a gastronomical delight which will tantalize your taste buds. The 800 seat ballroom (theatre-style) provides the ideal venue for conferences and events while the smaller venues are popular for weddings.
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