The Hotel and Restaurant Association of Western India (HRAWI) has announced its Eighteenth (18th) Regional Convention will be held in Sri Lanka. It is a bold initative of HRAWI Regional Convention, as it is first time being held outside India. This would be stepping stone to held convention in various overseas conventions in future too. The convention will be held from June 27th to June 30th, 2018. The convention dates and programmes were announced at a press conference held at Hotel Marine Plaza.
Chamari Rodrigo, Hon’ble Consul General of Sri Lanka was the Chief Guest for the evening.
The HRAWI’s convention will see participation by key policy makers, International Government representatives, investors and industry stalwarts. The convention will serve as an ideal platform for industry players to learn and adapt to the evolving market trends. Themed ‘Surfing The Wave Of Global Tourism’, the speakers stressed on the convention’s objective of exploring new avenues in the global culinary including emerging restaurant trends in Sri Lankan cuisine and the influence of food and travel bloggers in hospitality.
Dilip Datwani, President, HRAWI says “Sri Lanka is a traveller’s paradise destination from exotic wildlife to delicious food and a serene coastline to amazing shopping. While the objective of the convention is to familiarize and update our fraternity with the international tourism trends and best practices, we want to also learn and take home the ways and charms of Sri Lankan hospitality. We also wish to thank the Hon’ble Sri Lankan Consul General for gracing the event.”
Kumar De Silva, Chairman, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, Sanath Ukwatte, President of Hotel Association of Sri Lanka,. Aravinda De Silva – Deputy Chairman, Ideal Motors Pvt. Ltd, John Amaratunga – Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs and Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Hon’ble High Commissioner of India will be the distinguished dignitaries for the opening evening at the convention.
Dinesh Advani, Convention Chairman & past President, HRAWI said “As per itenary in the convention second day will begin with a city tour paired with a lunch at a local restaurant followed by traditional performance and a rendition of both the national anthems later in the evening at the Hilton Grand Ball Room. Convention’s third day will be dedicated to business and networking with four different sessions on the various aspects of hotel operations, food and travel bloggers, hotel interior trends and emerging restaurant trends & emerging trends in Sri Lankan cuisine. Other than for business and networking, The Hilton has designed a special Spouses Programme which involves a tea session with pairing of Sri Lankan food and the third morning will be dedicated to shopping at the famous Odel Shopping Mall”.
Post-convention the Association has designed two tours options – for two nights, three days and for three nights, four days. The tour choices include visiting Kandy, Peradeniya, and Bentota and will also include a visit to the Sacred Tooth Relic temple.
In his concluding speech Dilip Datwani, President, HRAWI said “We look forward to experiencing the mix of British colonial heritage, serene landscapes, delectable cuisines and the warmth of Sri Lankan hospitality”.
Author: Sitaram Mewati
Award winning journalist