Sri Lanka Tourism has identified the NuwaraEliya season to extend their current initiatives of city promotions through events tourism under the theme of "Celebrate NuwaraEliya" and to make a difference in providing a value added experience to the tourists.
The Tea Garden organized by Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau in association with Sri Lanka Tea Board, Hotel Hill Club- NuwaraEliya will be held parallel to NuwaraEliya season, from 20th to 25th April 2016 at Gregory Lake phase 1 from 10.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. The Tea Garden aims to provide a unique authentic Sri Lankan Tea experience to the tourists both domestic and foreign inclusive of High Tea, Tea demonstrations, Pop up Tea Museum, Strawberry Kiosk and entertainment.
Situated at around 2000m above sea level and surrounded by lush tea plantations NuwaraEliya is the main hill resort of Sri Lanka and the heart of the tea industry. Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporters of tea surpassing US$ 1.6 billion in foreign exchange in 2014 and reaching a total tea output of 328 million Killograms in 2015. Since the introduction of tea to Sri Lanka in mid-19th century,NuwaraEliya has been the capital of the tea industry and NuwaraEliya district produced 71.45 million killograms of tea in 2015 becoming second toRatnapura District producing 73.36 million killograms of tea.
"We feel that the event can be further utilized to showcase the Sri Lankan tea products providing an opportunity for local suppliers. Hence, Sri Lanka Tourism will highlight this aspect of Sri Lanka at the calming and picturesque Gregory lake side premises with the intention of revolutionizing and adding more glamour and pride to NuwaraEliya season and further promotingNuwaraEliya as a significant tourism venue at National and International level"stated Ruvini Dias Bandaranayake, Managing Director of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.
The High tea experience will portray a thematic experience with delectable snacks offered by the Hotel Hill Club. Sri Lanka Tea Board has made arrangements to provide education on types of tea along with tea demonstrations, visuals and aespecially dedicated pop up tea museum with knowledgeable staff from the Tea Board to share information under one roof.
The leading Strawberry supplier in the country, "Jagro” will also provide farm fresh strawberries with tantalizing combinations from their delicious “Simply Strawberries" line of berry products at the venue further showcasing the internationally accredited line of quality strawberries produced in Nuwara Eliya.
"Celebrate NuwaraEliya is a campaign by Sri Lanka Tourism to promote the NuwaraEliya summer festival having significant potential to promote Tourism and we thank the Kandy Hoteliers Association and Hotel Hill Club in partnering us in this event. Also, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau has endeavored to communicate the message of responsible tourism through the campaignto all tourists both domestic and foreign to help keep the environment clean as we feel that is an important part of sustaining tourism in to the city in the future" stated Mr. PaddyWithana, Chairman of SLTPB.In this same token, SLTPB also supports the Annual April Blooms flower show to encourage the cultivation of beautiful flower gardens by many stakeholders such as hoteliers, local businesses and general public that complements the beautiful natural environment.