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7 facts you didn’t know about Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a humble place.

A relatively small island situated off the coast of India, one would be forgiven for not knowing that Sri Lanka produces 80 to 90 per cent of the world supply of cinnamon.

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And if you think that’s surprising, just read the 7 even better facts about the country below:

1. Sri Lanka boasts two different names; ‘The teardrop of India’ and the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’

2. Muslim Moor traders began to settle in the capital Colombo in the 8th century AD

3. The national sport of Sri Lanka is cricket

4. While the country supplies most of the world’s cinnamon, its biggest export is actually tea

5. Thanks to the countries waterfalls and rivers, over 50 per cent of the power for the country is generated by Hydropower

6. More than 92 per cent of the country is literate, and with a population of 20 million, that’s incredibly impressive

7. The Sri Lankan flag is one of the oldest in the world, dating back to 162 BC

Want to learn more about this fascinating country? Well good news!

Sri Lanka Tourism has announced a series of travel industry roadshows to take place in November.

A delegation of 50 Sri Lankan representatives will host Australian travel agents, tour operators and media for dinner and networking as the tourism bureau sets it sights on developing arrivals from Australia.

The roadshows are scheduled for 20 November in Perth, 23 November in Melbourne and 27 November in Sydney.

Director of Marketing, Madubhani Perera said, “We are very excited to increase our promotional efforts in Australia and engage the Australian travel industry to help demonstrate to consumers the wonders of Sri Lanka.

“We have world heritage sites, rich bio diversity, tropical beaches, adventurous experiences and world class hotels.”

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau  Chairman Udaya Nanayakkara added, “Sri Lanka Tourism engaged in a similar promotion last year in Australia and with the introduction of direct daily flights by SriLankan Airlines to Melbourne this year, we need our presence with the travel trade on a continuous basis.

“So, we are back in Melbourne, Sydney as well as in Perth to present our world heritage sites, rich bio diversity, tropical beaches, adventurous experiences and world class hotels to the Australian market.”

With proceedings beginning at 5.30pm the evenings will see attendees treated with Sri Lankan food and drinks and a networking sessions with exhibitors.

For more details and to register for the event click here.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

  • mihitha

    National sport of Sri Lanka is Volleyball, not Cricket.

  • Julia Lyons

    Lol did you even research past wikipedia

  • Hannah Edensor

    Hi Julia, thanks so much for the comment. We were hoping to provide a light-hearted listicle of Sri Lanka facts. Nothing too in-depth as we wouldn’t want to take away from the incredible content at the roadshows!

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