“Sri Lanka, the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, an enchanting destination for meetings, incentives and events which draws inspiration from a 2,500 year history and a rich, vibrant culture”.
Sri Lanka is full of surprises, including a wide array of inspirational eco-resorts with modern meeting facilities in exquisite settings – the ultimate locations for inspirational executive retreats and smaller meetings with a difference. On top of that, Sri Lanka’s eight UNESCO World Heritage sites and 14 national parks provide a wealth of opportunities for spectacular special events and rewarding CSR activities with unique indigenous wildlife.
The country with a rich and vibrant culture influenced by Hinduism, Islam and Christianity, celebrated in fine art and architecture and a multitude of festivals. The island’s compact geography creates diverse incentive journeys that combine dazzling white sand beaches, bustling cities, jungle safaris and tranquil hill station escapes, all within easy distances – just two or three hours by road.
Sri Lanka is an appealing MICE destination for the more intrepid event organiser. Conferences for around 150 people can be well catered for in Colombo, and for incentives, small groups will enjoy an itinerary that encompasses several destinations and experiences within one country. Sri Lanka’s infrastructure is behind India’s, meaning that professional management by a local DMC such as Pacific World Sri Lanka, is imperative to ensure smooth operations for your event.
“The beauty of Sri Lanka is that it has its own very distinct character, and packs in a huge variety of experiences in the same way that India does, but without the distances. In the morning incentive winners could be meditating in a 2,000 year old temple, shopping for ingredients in Colombo’s bustling markets for a lunch time cooking class, or taking a group surf lesson at the beach. Following could be an afternoon witnessing hundreds of elephants gathering on a safari expedition in a UNESCO protected national park! The beaches ring the island so any experience can be combined with a relaxing beach resort retreat. The island’s interior offers a cooler climate and jaw dropping vistas of tea plantations and paddy fields that can be enjoyed from luxury heritage resorts, the perfect setting for small corporate meetings and incentive groups.
Colombo, the colourful capital, is the launch point for incentives and the natural choice for larger corporate meetings in Sri Lanka, offering modern business hotels and an international convention centre.
In Sri Lanka, Pacific World partners with the multi-award winning Aitken Spence Travels to deliver exceptional MICE events. One of the longest established destination management companies in Sri Lanka, they have a highly reputable partnership with local suppliers, and a dedicated and experienced MICE team to provide the best in meetings & incentive solutions that the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean” can offer. Entering the Sri Lanka Hall of Fame for Best Destination Management Company and Best Professional Conference Organiser in Sri Lanka, they are also certified by the Sri Lanka Carbon Fund as a Carbon Neutral Company.
Sri Lanka is appealing to:
MEETINGS & CONFERENCES
Companies with sustainability as a core value
Sri Lanka has a strong focus on eco-tourism with a wealth of luxury eco-resorts suitable for small to medium sized conferences. Modern, environmentally friendly meeting facilities in stunning locations reinforce company values in awe-inspiring settings.
Intrepid conference organisers that like to offer something fresh
Sri Lanka is at the beginning of its journey into large international conferences – it has the facilities for medium size conferences and with a professionally managed solution offers incredible destination appeal for intrepid delegates.
Companies in the wellness industry, or that like to reward with a focus on wellness
Healing, spa and Zen philosophies are key to Sri Lanka’s culture. Incentives at Ayurvedic resorts deliver a relaxing reward and an alternative insight into Sri Lanka’s rich makeup.
Incentives that like multi-destination itineraries without having to use internal flights
Land distances are short and allow incentives to incorporate Sri Lanka’s many contrasts – city, beach, jungle and tea plantations.
Events inspired by CSR, particularly with a focus on wildlife
Sri Lanka’s rich pickings offer a wealth of opportunities – particularly popular is helping to look after elephants that have been rescued from illegal logging operations.
Clients who like to indulge participants with colonial heritage resorts and experiences
Sri Lanka’s rich colonial heritage offers some fantastic experiences and accommodation as highlights of a Sri Lanka itinerary. High tea in a tea plantation, anyone?