Sept 26, Colombo (Press Release): When Sri Lanka is anticipating to welcome the heads of the Commonwealth states for CHOGM 2013 (Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting) to be held in Colombo in November, SriLankan Airlines, the national carrier will be taking "Sri Lanka to the world" with a fleet bearing the CHOGM 2013 logo promoting the event at its online destinations.
SriLankan Airlines' entire fleet of aircraft will proudly display the Commonwealth insignia to the world and special preparations are ahead to welcome all the heads and delegates to this most prestigious forum which fosters, peace, order and good governance.
SriLankan Airlines Chairman, Nishantha Wickremasinghe said, "SriLankan Airlines considers it a privilege to be a part of an event of this caliber which will undoubtedly bring immense global recognition to the country. As the national carrier, we fully endorse the Government's mission to make Sri Lanka the most sought-after destination in Asia and by successfully hosting an event as grand as CHOGM, we are carrying the message to the world that Sri Lanka is one of the safest countries to travel."
SriLankan Airlines, Chief Executive Officer, Kapila Chandrasena said, " SriLankan Airlines, in its endeavour to take Sri Lanka to the world, will be operating with a fleet displaying the Commonwealth insignia; thereby conveying the message that a warm welcome awaits the delegates, arriving in Sri Lanka this November. With an event calendar that focuses on a few of Sri Lanka's picturesque locations, the participants will be able to experience the rich cultural heritage and varied scenic beauty the country has to offer."
Exclusively designed for CHOGM 2013, the centerpiece of the logo is the national flower of Sri Lanka, the blue water lily. Its multi-coloured petals represent diversity, liveliness and harmony among different Commonwealth countries. They also signify the individual countries being united to offer protection to one another from world challenges. The globe embodied within the logo was inspired by the original Commonwealth logo.
Themed "Growth with Equity; Inclusive Development" CHOGM 2013 is expected to attract the heads of states and delegates from 53 Commonwealth Nations with Prince of Wales - representing the head of Commonwealth, Queen Elizabeth II - in attendance.
Officially commencing on November 15th, the opening ceremony will be held at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre followed by the main conference at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH), Heads of Governments retreat at Waters Edge, Business Forum at Cinnamon Grand, Youth Forum at the International Convention Centre, Hambantota and the People's Forum to be held at Chaya Tranz, Hikkaduwa.