The Consulate General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles organized a Sri Lanka Promotional event in collaboration with the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, California, USA on October 15th, 2012 at the Chamber conference hall.
The “Sri Lanka Promotion” at the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce was an awareness campaign, which focused on overview of Sri Lanka, trade, investment and tourism.
Scott Hettric, Executive Director of the Arcadia Chamber of Commerce, in his opening remarks, stated that the Sri Lanka Consulate has been working very closely with their organization, and this was a great event in promoting Sri Lanka among the business community of the Arcadia city.
Dr. Hector Weerasinghe, Consul General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles, in his address, highlighted the rapid economic development after eradication of terrorism in Sri Lanka in May 2009. He stated that Sri Lanka maintains political and economic stability and the multi-ethnic and multi-religious population in Sri Lanka live in peace and harmony.
He went on to say that the economy grew by 8.3% for two consecutive years – 2010 and 2012, and tourism arrivals from the world stood at about 900,000 in 2011. The visit of tourists would surpass one million this year, and expect about 2.5 million in the year 2015. Therefore, there is a requirement for more hotels in Sri Lanka. He invited the business community to invest in Sri Lanka mainly in the hotel industry and do business with Sri Lanka to capitalize the available opportunities.