Afterwards Mr. Chalinda Samarasinghe, the managing director of Siddhalepa Ayurveda GmbH, spoke about the economic development of the ayurvedic economic area. The group Siddhalepa has been family run for over 200 years and is specialized in ayurvedic products and therapies. To meet the growing demand for ayurvedic medicine, Siddhalepa operates five health centers in Europe. The newest addition to this group is centrovital in Berlin-Spandau. For the rest of the event ayurvedic specialist and a therapist were available to the guests to experience the effect of the ayurvedic care process first hand.
In addition to Ayurveda Sri Lanka offers various significant cultural sites, national parks and beautiful beaches, continued the ambassador. He went on to say that Sri Lanka invested heavily in its infrastructure since 2009. Travelling to and within Sri Lanka has become more comfortable and the number of hotels and holiday destinations is constantly expanding.
The regional director of SriLankan Airlines Mr. Kaushal Seneviratne mentioned the positive effect of these developments. As national carrier SriLankan carries up to 85% tourists. Their number has nearly quadrupled since 2009. By August this year, there were 68,000 tourist arrivals from Germany, which are 27% more than in the same period last year. By the end of the year 100,000 German guests are expected. Overall, in 2014 1.5 million guests will have visited the country. At the same time the number of jobs in the tourism market are expected to increase from 125,000 in 2010 to 500,000 in 2016.
After the informative presentation there was a big dinner, where guests had the chance meet and greet. His Excellency the ambassador made sure that all guests will remember this evening fondly and keep it in good memory.
For more information watch the video of the event or take a look on the current issue of the Sri Lanka magazine.