Sri Lanka’s First Ever Colombo International Shopping Festival In October 2017
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) www.srilanka.travel, under the patronage of the Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, and in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association (SLRA) www.slra.lk is organizing the ‘Colombo International Shopping Festival’ (CISF) during the month of October 2017 culminating with a Shopping weekend scheduled for 20th, 21st and 22nd October, 2017 at the Sri Lanka Exhibition & Convention Centre (SLECC).
A Joint promotion is underway between Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) and the Sri Lanka Retailers’ Association (SLRA) to launch the first ever Shopping festival in Sri Lanka with a Global Advertising campaign along with Sri Lankan Airlines, Sri Lanka Export Development Board (SLEDB), Sri Lanka Tea Board, The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL), The Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka (TAASL), Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO).
The Government of Sri Lanka allocated funding in the National Budget 2017 to organize the Shopping Festival; based on representations made by SLRA where this would be one stepping-stone in making Sri Lanka a Retail hub. It is envisaged that the Colombo International Shopping Festival will become an annual Shopping festival similar to those in Dubai and Singapore.