Tourism Fest 2016 begins

2016 Tourism Festival, organized by the Ministry of Development of Tourism and Christian Religion, was declared open today by Ranil Wickremesinghe Prime Minister on Independence Arcade. Attracting a large crowd, both local and foreign, this year the festival has the promise of entertainment and fun that will surely intensify the holiday feeling that is at this time of year. The festival will last until December 23 at the popular venue. Speaking at the event, Wickremesinghe said his government treats all religions and races in the same way, it is important to put the country ahead. "We have now reached a position where we can respect the religion of others and treat everyone the same, something we have gained through suffering." Diversity has allowed us to take a closer look at our Religions than before, "he added. Minister of Tourism Development, John Amaratunga said tourists have complained about the lack of animation after sunset, so the purpose of this event is to highlight Colombo as a city that comes to life during The holiday season. 2016 Festival will feature local crafts, music and cultural shows, the exotic cuisine of five-star establishments with a myriad of other exciting points of interest, plus merrymaking, Christmas carols and fireworks Which certainly added to the grandeur of the event. In order to attract tourists to the island nation, Amaratunga also said that December is the peak tourist season that traditionally has the highest number of arrivals and Sri Lanka is likely that for the first time in its history, Has registered more than two million tourists this year








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