Koreans encouraged to travel Sri Lanka, Kyrgyzstan

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Kyrgyz Ambassador to Korea Dinara Kemelova, front row fourth from right, poses with other participants of a forum titled “Kyrgyzstan ― new way in tourism,” in Seoul, June 5. / Embassy of Kyrgyzstan

By Yi Whan-wooSri Lanka and Kyrgyzstan are stepping up tourism marketing campaigns in Korea, amid an increasing number of Korean travelers abroad.

During a travel fair titled “The Road Show of Sri Lanka Tourism” in Seoul, June 10, Charge d’Affaires Jagath Abeywarna at the Sri Lankan Embassy in Korea underscored travel safety in the aftermath of the deadly Easter Sunday bombings.

Kyrgyz Ambassador to Korea Dinara Kemelova highlighted the latest increase in the number of international tourists to her country at a forum titled “Kyrgyzstan — new way in tourism,” in Seoul, June 5.

Both the Sri Lankan road show and Kyrgyz forum were held on the occasion of the Seoul International Tourism Industry Fair (SITIF) at COEX in southern Seoul from June 6 to 9.

The countries from around the world promoted their respective tourism as well as music, dance and other cultural attractions at the four-day fair that attracted over 10,000 visitors.

The Sri Lankan road show was jointly organized by the embassy and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB).

The event was also held in Busan, June 4. The Seoul and Busan events consisted of a presentation on travel sites and other relevant information, a business networking meeting and a banquet.

At the Seoul business networking meeting, Charge d’Affaires Abeywarna said “the situation of the country has returned to normalcy after the Easter Sunday attacks.”

He requested Korean travel agencies and media to encourage people to visit his country, saying “many countries in the world have relaxed their travel restrictions issued on Sri Lanka.”

Meanwhile, a team of dancers from Sri Lanka’s Olaboduwa Dancing Academy won the Best Folklore Performance Award at the SITIF for its outstanding traditional dance performance.

The Kyrgyz travel forum was the first of its kind in Korea.

The embassy co-hosted the event with Kyrgyz travel agency Ak-Sai Travel.

Among the participants were leading Korean travel companies such as Hana Tour. Ambassador Kemelova asked Koreans to join an increasing number of visitors to her country. She also asked the travel agencies of Kyrgyzstan and Korea to help “make Kyrgyzstan a famous tourist destination.”

Ak-sai Travel representative Alexandr Kalmykov gave a presentation about the tourism potential and opportunities of the Central Asian country.

Sri Lanka has eight world heritage sites — the Ancient City of Polonnaruwa, the Ancient City of Sigiriya, the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the Old Town of Galle and its Fortifications, the Sacred City of Anuradhapura, the Sacred City of Kandy, the Central Highlands of Sri Lanka and the Sinharaja Forest Reserve.

Issyk-Kul lake and the Tian Shan mountain are among popular tourist destinations in Kyrgyzstan.

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