Colombo Street Christmas 2016 concludes successfully
A type Hi Street, at the Carnival-style street market atmosphere was established in the heart of the city with a variety of food, trade, gifts, baskets, variety of new products and entertainment and Fun Fair, entitled Colombo Street Christmas organized by the Ministry of Tourism and Religious Affairs, as well as the Colombo City Council in association with the Sri Lanka Retailers Association (SLRA), came to an end with enormous success. This three-day event opened the doors to its buyers on 22 December 2016 and continued until Christmas Eve, Chemin Vert, Colombo 07.
There were more than 20 stands pop up in Green Path game covering areas such as retail, home decor, food and beverage, entertainment and charity sponsored by SLRA. The association of clothing brands from Sri Lanka (Slabá) also participated in this event with seven positions as an associate partner, contributing to the enormous success of this event.
Several other activities such as entertainment games, street activities, activities for students with disabilities,
Playground, outreach programs for social services and the food festival with entertainment sessions 16:00 to 23:00, including choirs, orchestras, DJ music, animators / assistants and a street fashion show.
As it was considered not only a large number of people gathered to attend events and organized entertainment but also there was a huge success in the sale of retailers had their stands through the street stalls in the Greenway. Many tourists have become a part of this event to witness this new concept.
Hon. Minister of Health, Dr. John Amaratunge, Rajitha Senaratne Dr., Minister of Health, Mr. Wijedasa Rajapakse, Minister of Justice, Mr. Harsha De Silva, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Kavinda Jayawardene, Mr. Asoka Pieris, Mr. Rohan Egodage, General Manager of Commercial Credit, Mr. Arjun Fernando, Executive Director of DFCC, Ms. Sonu Grover, Director of Coca Cola Sri Lanka and Mr. Merrill Fernando, Founder / President Dilmah Tea. Some of the dignitaries who honored the opportunity during the three days.
This project, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, is a stepping stone for SLRA for its proposal to launch the first Sri Lanka Shopping Festival in September 2017, similar to those held in Dubai, Malaysia and Singapore. It is with great gratitude that SLRA declares that the Government of Sri Lanka has allocated Rs. 50 million of its national budget for 2017 in the name of this project which will be called "Fair Colombo".
SLA President Hussain Sadique expressed his gratitude to the Honorable John Amaratunge, Minister of Tourism and Mr. Dinesh Weerakkody. Adviser to the Ministry of National Policies and Economic Affairs, their advice and all support for this inaugural event a success. "We hope to improve Colombo Christmas Street at the national level, where it will take place in most parts of the country as an annual event calendar, which includes more collaborative procedures to make Sri Lanka a lesser shopping destination. Our intention is to unite regional and rural retailers to give leadership and bring the distribution sector to Sri Lanka for the next level of growth. "
SLRA, in collaboration with the Ministry of Tourism, sponsored young retailers of the next millennium to facilitate their growth in the retail industry, which is demonstrated through this three-day event. This event paved the way for even street vendors were part of Christmas Street.