Focus Sri Lanka 2007 Cultural Show and Exhibits, May 28-29, California Mart

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Sri Lanka demonstrates its wide-ranging appeal in the areas of commerce, tourism and marketable products ready for the US market and beyond

From her majestic mountaintops and lush tea plantations, through the rainforests, to the exotic Indian Ocean beaches and luxurious resorts and spas - there’s something for everyone in Sri Lanka. We look forward to welcoming both buyers and the public to this dynamic trade and cultural experience, Focus Sri Lanka 2007!

The Consulate General of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles, “Sri Lankan Consulate” is pleased to announce the inaugural Focus Sri Lanka 2007 Expo and Cultural Show, “Focus Sri Lanka” on May 28 – 29, 2007 at the California Market Center in downtown Los Angeles. The Focus Sri Lanka experience includes a “cash and carry” exhibit hall preview on Monday May 28th beginning at 1pm, followed by a vibrant cultural show in the evening, which commences at 7pm. The next day, Tuesday May 29th, Focus Sri Lanka’s diverse exhibits will be open to tradespeople and wholesale buyers, from 10AM – 6PM. Registration/Info available online at: http://www.FocusSriLanka.com

With almost two full days of opportunity to view and explore, Focus Sri Lanka’s exhibits spotlight exotic and marketable Sri Lankan imports, including; Apparel, Ayurvedic Spa products, the World’s best Ceylon tea, decorative accessories, gifts, gems & jewelry, homewares, recycled handmade paper, natural and organic products, spices, and more. Sri Lanka’s rapidly growing tourism industry will also be represented including action/adventure travel, ecotourism, and luxury resorts.

The event includes many special attractions, designed to demonstrate the often surprising variety this beautiful country has to offer: A screening of the Bollywood smash film “Water,” and a chance to meet its young Sri Lankan star, Sarala; appearances by Sri Lankan all-star Cricket players; a ‘Cooking with Tea’ demonstration by celebrity chef Robert Wemischner; a pottery wheel demonstration and a tea queen beauty pageant.

Focus Sri Lanka will also feature a prize draw for round trip airfare to Sri Lanka courtesy of Sri Lankan Airlines, and luxury accommodations at a World-class hotel and Ayurvedic spa. Naturally, a sample of Sri Lanka’s World renowned Ceylon tea, along with other goodies, will be given to all visitors and press in their expo bags.

Focus Sri Lanka 2007 was conceptualized and created by the Consul General of Sri Lanka in Los Angeles, The Honorable Jaliya Wickramasuriya, in order to increase trade between America and Sri Lanka, and to educate the public about the many charms found on this Indian Ocean island paradise. “Sri Lanka truly is a land like no other!” commented the Consul General Jaliya Wickramasuriya, “From her majestic mountaintops and lush tea plantations, through the rainforests, to the exotic Indian Ocean beaches and luxurious resorts and spas - there’s something for everyone in Sri Lanka. We look forward to welcoming both buyers and the public to this dynamic trade and cultural experience, Focus Sri Lanka 2007!”

“Focus Sri Lanka will bring together 40 innovative Sri Lankan exporters with serious American buyers in search of extraordinarily unique imports,” added Gamini Pemasiri, the Consul of Commerce at the Sri Lankan Consulate. “Focus Sri Lanka will also demonstrate the nation’s attractive investment opportunities and world-class manufacturing and fulfillment abilities.”

Collaborating partners of Focus Sri Lanka include; The Sri Lankan Ministry of Export Development and International Trade, The Ministry of Tourism, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Sri Lankan Tea Board, The National Gem and Jewellery Authority, The Sri Lankan Film Cooperation and Sri Lankan Airlines. Sponsors benefit by reaching both the general public as well as top-tier buyers and sourcing agents for the US market’s most influential importing companies. Additional sponsors and local California collaborating partners will be announced soon.

Companies interested in sponsoring Focus Sri Lanka or exhibiting should contact Gamini Pemasiri via e-mail or +1 (213) 604-5471.

Enquiries:
John Forrester
+1 (323) 702-3684

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