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* Sri Lanka to promote Hambantota as a MICE destination
Tue, Feb 4, 2014, 08:11 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 04, Colombo: Sri Lankan authorities are trying to promote Hambantota as a MICE destination in the South Asian region.

The Sri Lanka Conventions Bureau is in discussions with organizers of conferences and exhibitions scheduled for this year to explore the possibility of shifting some events to Hambantota in order to promote the area among MICE (meetings, incentives, conferences and events) visitors.

While there are two exhibition centers in Colombo, the increasing number of exhibitions registering with the Conventions Bureau has resulted in discussions with organizers to shift some of the events to Hambantota, the local media reported.

General Manager of the Bureau, Vipula Wanigasekara said that while there were about 40 exhibitions and conferences conducted last year, the number is expected to increase to 50 this year.

He explained that there was space for conducting conferences in Hambantota and even the banquet and foyer areas could be used for exhibitions, which accounted for an area of about 4000 square meters.

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