Published on : Monday, July 1, 2019
From its sun-kissed golden beaches, colourful cultural festivals to an abundance of natural and historical sites alongside an incredible offering of mouth-watering treats and delicacies, Sri Lanka has served as the ultimate tropical getaway for decades, offering travellers vibrancy, diversity and unwavering warmth and hospitality. Following recent events that have affected so many lives and threatened the tourism industry at large, many international celebrities who have been hosted by Cinnamon Hotels & Resorts in the past, have shared their love and support for the island in a heart-warming video that calls out to travellers to continue visiting the island.
Projecting a positive outlook and radiating feel-good vibes about the country, the video by Cinnamon in collaboration with Sri Lanka Tourism Board as part of the ‘Love Sri Lanka’ campaign has gone viral, generating a storm of views, being shared countless times reaching an eager audience around the world. The footage depicts how people and countries around the world showed their solidarity towards Sri Lanka. By lighting up prominent landmarks from the Sydney Opera House, to the Eiffel Tower in France, to the Burj Khalifa in Dubai, to the GBK Footbridge in Jakarta, to the Central Station in the Netherlands, these countries sent a powerful show of support to the island.
“I have a special place in my heart for Sri Lanka. It is one of the most beautiful places on earth, and what makes it beautiful is the incredible, amazing and wonderful people that live in Sri Lanka. I have many great memories at Cinnamon Grand and as a resilient team you will bounce back.” says George Calombaris, the famed Australian Chef and Restaurateur.
Fashion photographer and TV personality Nigel Barker added, “It’s just not because I’m part Sri Lankan that I adore the country. I visited there recently with my family and we had the most incredible time because the people are so beautiful and charming and so hospitable. I know that the people of Sri Lanka are so resilient and if there is one thing I ask of everybody, it to truly love Sri Lanka.”
World-famous musician, singer and DJ, Shaggy added, “Sri Lanka always had a good audience. Being a country with rich culture and heritage, it’s fantastic to have that kind of energy.”
Magicians and illusionists Thommy Then and Amelie Van Tass mentioned, “We love the nature and we love the people and that is the reason why we hope we can come back soon. We are thinking about you, Sri Lanka. Thank you so much for having The Clairvoyants Live in Colombo, see you soon!”
“I’m sending you love and vibes, I know you need it right now. You are not alone in this struggle, we are together. I was with you last August, had an amazing trip there staying at the Cinnamon Grand. You treated us so graciously. Chin up Sri Lanka”, said Joaquin Quino McWhinney of Big Mountain.
Many who shared the video had positive thoughts and comments for those interested in visiting Sri Lanka. It is in moments like these that the hospitality nature of Sri Lankans come out as they invited visitors with open arms. Locals and foreigners alike, responded to the video, thanking all those who has faith in the country, simultaneously encouraging people to visit again.
Dale Mahon shared on Facebook commenting “Keep on coming and if you haven’t been before, book it up!”. Lucille Diaz shared “To love or not to love is never a question when you visit Sri Lanka” while Dharaka Weerasinghe commented aptly on Facebook “Love Sri Lanka. Visit Sri Lanka”
Brimming with optimism, the video highlights how Sri Lanka remains a country that is loved by all, and one that is close to the hearts of many, whether they have visited the island for a Cinnamon mega-event, a concert, a play, a tour or a quick island getaway.