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Tone set for HRAWI’s 18th regional convention, slated to be held in SL
Saturday, 09 June, 2018, 08 : 00 AM [IST]
Our Bureau, Mumbai
The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) held a press conference to spell out the details of its 18th regional convention, which is slated to take place in Sri Lanka between June 27 and 30, 2018.

The speakers emphasised its objective of exploring new avenues in the global culinary space, including emerging restaurant trends in Sri Lankan cuisine and the influence of food and travel bloggers on the hospitality sector.

Surfing the wave of global tourism is the theme of the convention, which is the first to be held overseas. It will witness the participation of key policy makers, international government representatives, investors and industry stalwarts.

It is expected to serve as an ideal plaform for industry players to learn and adapt to the evolving market trends. Chamari Rodrigo, consul general of the island nation, was the chief guest at the press conference.

She said, “Sri Lanka is a favourite tourist destination, and we want to maintain good relations with India. I would like to welcome everyone to Sri Lanka to HRAWI’s convention, and hope this event will be beneficial to everyone.”

Thanking Rodrigo for gracing the event, Dilip Datwani, president, HRAWI, said, “From exotic wildlife to delicious food and a serene coastline to amazing shopping, Sri Lanka is a traveller’s paradise destination.”

“While the objective of the convention is to familiarise and update our fraternity with the international tourism trends and best practices, we want to also learn and take home the ways and the charms of Sri Lankan hospitality,” he added.

Kumar De Silva, chairman, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau; Sanath Ukwatte, president, Hotel Association of Sri Lanka; Aravinda De Silva, deputy chairman, Ideal Motors Pvt Ltd, John Amaratunga, minister of tourism development and Christian religious affairs, and Taranjit Singh Sandhu, India’s high commissioner, will be the dignitaries for the opening evening of the convention.

“The second day will begin with a city tour paired with a lunch at a local restaurant, followed by traditional performance and a rendition of both the national anthems later in the evening at the Hilton Grand Ball Room,” said Dinesh Advani, convention chairman and past president, HRAWI.

“The third day will be dedicated to business and networking with four different sessions on the various aspects of hotel operations, food and travel bloggers, hotel interior trends and emerging restaurant trends and emerging trends in Sri Lankan cuisine,” he added.

“Other than for business and networking, The Hilton has designed a special Spouses Programme, which involves a tea session with pairing of Sri Lankan food. The third morning will be dedicated to shopping at the famous Odel Shopping Mall,” said Advani.

Post-convention, the association has designed two tours options – for two nights and three days and for three nights and four days. The tour choices include visiting Kandy, Peradeniya and Bentota, and will also include a visit to the Sacred Tooth Relic temple.

“We look forward to experiencing the mix of British colonial heritage, serene landscapes, delectable cuisines and the warmth of Sri Lankan hospitality,” concluded Datwani.
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