Thamilselvan to address British MPs

  • 5 May 2007 22:12:33 GMT

    Now British ppl will become Sudu Koti for JVP/JHU thugs.

  • 5 May 2007 22:13:39 GMT

    Tough times don?t last, tough people do

    By Antony Montha

    The golden beaches are not quite crawling with tourists. The verdant hills are alive with the sound of birdsong, not foreign accents. At the smaller resorts, accommodation is available at a fraction of what it used to cost.

    After a promising start, the number of inbound tourists has been on the wane this year. Considering that tourism is Sri Lanka?s fourth largest foreign exchange earner, this has resulted in furrowed brows in some corridors of power.

    When written in Chinese, however, the word ?crisis? is composed of two characters: one represents danger, the other signifies opportunity... So, undaunted by the immediate danger, the Tourism Board (SLTB) is using this opportunity to ?get our PR (public relations) act together and get our infrastructure right in terms of ability to deliver.?

    Renton de Alwis, SLTB?s Chairman, elaborates: ?The strap-line ?A land like no other? could sprout extensions like ?Beaches like no other?, ?Hills like no other? and even ?Rain like no other?... One prominent target would be the older population/ seniors - They have funds, and they can travel any time without waiting for school holidays.?

    A foreign tourist is a foreign passport-holder who spends more than a day in the country he is visiting. More than 70% of such visitors to Sri Lanka come on holiday or for leisure.The Ministry of Tourism has started consultative meeting with stakeholders, the media and similar knowledgeable persons, to share developments and chart a new course. Addressing the second such meeting last week, Additional Secretary George Michael revealed that advisory panels have been created for Hotel School operations, niche tourism products, cruise tourism and domestic tourism.

    ?Domestic tourism fills hotel rooms during difficult times, when foreign occupancy is down?, explained Michael. The strategy appears to be paying dividends: Local guest nights have increased this year, even as foreign guest nights have declined. Deputy Minister Faizer Mustapha talked about the high-potential Middle Eastern market. With 45 flights per week, airline connectivity to this region is second only to India. Vipula Wanigasekera, General Manager ? Sri Lanka Convention Bureau, spoke of the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conventions and Exhibitions) segment that represents 12% of arrivals. This is an upmarket segment because it spends four to five times as much as an average holiday maker does.

    Indians comprise the highest number of tourists to Sri Lanka. They are compulsive shoppers, spending as much as 33% of their budget on shopping (average, all countries: 21%). The SLTB is planning to launch a mega promotional campaign during July 2007 to tap this market. It is estimated that 16 million Indians will travel out during 2010.

    Sri Lanka lacks resources to spend big bucks ? like the two million Euros spent by India on the ?Incredible India? promotion. Hence, innovative ideas come to the fore. Niche tourism, for example, implies Sri Lankan tourism with a distinct flavour ? like having ayurvedic doctors to explain why gotukola is good for you!

  • 5 May 2007 22:15:10 GMT

    I don`t think the GoSL will allow this to happen (unless of course TAF can fly him to India or somewhere to catch a flight), so its a mute point, it is important that the offer was made without any opposition, that itself is a great achievment.

    And much may happene between now and July, both sides have been VERY quiet.

  • 5 May 2007 22:16:20 GMT

    MR has been the man for LTTE..! when they literally made him win the elections, they seemed to have expected all these. MR posed himself like Gemunu alright, but failed to foresee long term repercussions.

  • 5 May 2007 22:18:40 GMT

    [http://www.lankadeepa.lk/Sunday_Lankadeepa/06052007/front/06.html]

    Good move...

  • 5 May 2007 22:21:48 GMT

    Satan,

    Whether we elected MR or RW the end result stil be

    WaR.

    Only the time line would have been different with RW.

    LTTE was preparing for the showdown all these years..

    Velu would have dragged RW to war..

    That is it..

  • 5 May 2007 22:22:28 GMT

    Even during P Ranil`s period nobody from LTTE went to an European parliment.But now it has become a reality b`cos of

    this ModaBassa and GOTHAYA.

  • 5 May 2007 22:29:27 GMT

    Why don`t British Labour Party give an equal opportunity to Osma bin Larden. He is much more human than this barber who carried out killings for monster P`akaran.

    Now many EU countries come out open with their clandenstein affairs with world`s most ruthless terrorist group, because they are backed by the Church.

  • 5 May 2007 22:36:05 GMT

    [By British Kunju (Girls) Thamilselvan can have Sandwich Massage one more time.]

    This shows the ultimate frustration......lol

  • 5 May 2007 22:38:27 GMT

    Please tell the world how you

    - managed to kill so many tamils in the name of freedom

    -what mentality you have to sacrifice innocent tamil kids and tell the truth that you are masquarading as a human to kidnap these kids from the arms of screeming tamil parents

    -Please tell if you are a human how you could order your cadres to chop arms and legs of fellow tamils

    - Please explain what is the meaning of freedom as you have taken away all freedom from tamils

    -Please tell when you will allow tamils to open mouth other than to eat

    -Please tell how stupid and sick your leader is

    - Please tell how you could give orders to bomb innocent civilian busses etc

    -Please tell if you too share your leaders concept that tamils should suffer eternally

    - Please please please tell them how stupid you are and actually the best you could give tamils is just to go back to your job as a barber !!