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The Cabinet approval had been granted to award a Rs.314 million-contract to J. Walter Thompson Institute to promote Tourism in Sri Lanka.

Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga had submitted the proposal to award the contract of implementing a wide advertising program to promote Sri Lanka as an attractive tourist destination.

The approval had been granted at the Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting.

J.Walter Thompson (JWT) is a world renowned marketing communications brand headquartered in New York, US. It has more than 200 offices in over 90 countries including Sri Lanka.

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  • max Friday, 19 October 2018 01:20 PM

    What to promote? How to postpone elections indefinitely in the name of democracy? Or how to turn the law in a smart way? Or how to establish legal institutes illegally (FCID)? Or how to reverse a country in the name of marching forward? Or how to ruin a country in the name of 'yahapalanaya'? Or how to run a country into different directions by the head of the country and his deputy? At the end, it will be good money for the ad giant JWT.

    lkboy Friday, 19 October 2018 02:46 PM

    They are making sure that actions similar to the rapist ex-tangalle PS chairman doesnt get bad publicity.

    DHA Friday, 19 October 2018 01:31 PM

    What I ate for lunch got digested in sec reading this news !!! Is our politicians becoming idiots day by day or am I reading this news wrong !!!

    Shelly Friday, 19 October 2018 01:32 PM

    At a very near Cabinet Meeting Prez. will shoot down this proposal and RW will have swallow same too.

    Shehan Friday, 19 October 2018 06:17 PM

    Yes, he saw the news from papers.

    Lalu Friday, 19 October 2018 01:47 PM

    Before that upgrade the facilities at places of tourist attraction. Where are the toilets.

    Rasheed Friday, 19 October 2018 02:11 PM

    Any commission to the Minister?

    Imaginery Friday, 19 October 2018 02:11 PM

    Quote: "attractive". Hon Gotabaya was taking all possible measures to keep the Colombo City clean. Now, look at the roads. Everywhere stagnated pool of water.

    The Liberal Friday, 19 October 2018 06:08 PM

    Gota cleaned it and dumped all the garbage in Methotamulla. Maara Hon. ahh

    Chryshan K Friday, 19 October 2018 02:12 PM

    Wow god deal. I am sure Minister John will now re construct the walkway since he is celebrating 40 years in Politics. I dont know what JWT will do if they have received a reasonable portion of money. But I am sure John share will be contributed in improvement of Prostitution which in turn will help improve tourism.

    Kamil Friday, 19 October 2018 02:16 PM

    Same time take actions to save elephants, forests as tourist should have something to see here.

    Dee Friday, 19 October 2018 03:17 PM

    What to promote? The damage done to tourism (especially in the deep South) is done. Even the best won't bring it up. And especially with our so called 'culture' there are much better countries to go to. Not everyone wants to just sit on the beach or go to the jungle. We don't attract the high spenders cause they go to Macau, S'Pore etc.

    Patriot Friday, 19 October 2018 03:31 PM

    Then what our diplomatic missions all over the worild are doing for Sri Lanka tourism?Why dont they create a section in those mission specially to promote tourism? Why special agency?

    Wise Donkey Friday, 19 October 2018 04:01 PM

    What are our embassies in various countries for? Why cant they promote tourism?

    Susil Friday, 19 October 2018 04:09 PM

    This is a country having plenty of intellectuals who can, if asked, come up with good practical plans for developments of tourism - the biggest source of foreign exchange earning, in my opinion. No argument that some advertising is required but spending 314 million towards it by a foreign company is debatable. Perhaps this may be the last opportunity for "somebody" to earn an investment for life knowing that "he" has almost zero chance of being re-elected to the parliament

    upali Friday, 19 October 2018 04:47 PM

    Stop corruption at the immigration counter at KIA. Recently one of my arab friends visited the country, at the immigration counter he was referred to the dept.head who asked extra dollars, allowing the whole family to use VIP facilities. He refused

    ajay Friday, 19 October 2018 06:05 PM

    Use this money to improve the places of tourists' interests and it will be an investment for future generations as well.

    Redflame Friday, 19 October 2018 08:43 PM

    No need to waste money for promotion. Give proper facilities at tourist sites for coming tourists and also have a proper Tourist Police unit to attend to their problems. No point of promoting without upgrading facilities.

    diogenes Saturday, 20 October 2018 08:15 AM

    Commission ... Mmmm!

    Huna Saturday, 20 October 2018 09:08 AM

    I think John doesn't know that we are in a middle of an economic crisis

    Jude Saturday, 20 October 2018 09:27 AM

    Oh man !!! MONEY well spent!!!


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