Sri Lanka Tourism to host CITES conference in May 2019

Published on : Monday, December 24, 2018

Sri Lanka tourism expects a boost by hosting the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’s (CITES) World Wildlife Conference in May next year, where over 3, 000 foreign delegates and foreign media are expected to take part.

 

On a brief visit to Sri Lanka, the CITES Secretary General Ivonne Higuero said that Sri Lanka tourism stand the chance of benefitting from hosting the conference with exposure to international media as well as international delegates who are expected to travel to Sri Lanka with their family members.

 

“There will be 3, 000 delegates attending the conference and there could be many more, because Sri Lanka is a special place. The foreign media will be here throughout the period. I know already that many delegates have made arrangements for their holidays either just before or just after the meeting,” Higuero said.

 

Higuero held discussions with the Tourism Development, Christian Affairs and Wildlife Minister John Amaratunga, State officials and the event organizers for evaluating Sri Lanka’s ability to host the conference after the ending of the political standoff going in for nearly two months.

 

The minister assured that Sri Lanka is on track to meet the deadlines set by CITES in preparations for the conference.

 

“I can assure you that our officials will work on full time basis towards meeting the necessary requirements in order to ensure a successful CITES conference in Sri Lanka in May,” Mr. Amaratunga said.

 

The Conference is scheduled to take place at BMICH in Colombo, from May 23rd to June 3rd, 2019.


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