The Government will launch a new train service from the Bandaranaike International Airport, Katunayake to Colombo for tourists visiting the country for Videocon IIFA Weekened and Micromax IIFA Awards. Some Indian artistes visiting Sri Lanka will travel on the maiden journey to boost the project.
Luxury vehicles like Mercedes-Benz and BMW automobiles will transport the stars and VVIPs to the venues. Around 65 luxury vehicles have been allocated after the IIFA team placed an advertisement in the papers. Some have been lent by owners free of charge. Cars, vans, buses and luggage vans have also been issued by the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) free of charge.
Cinnamon Grand, Hilton, Cinnamon Lakeside, Taj Samudra and Galadari will be provided accommodation for artistes and visitors who will be in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Executive Chairman Dharshan Hennedige said, the Cinnamon Grand will be fully occupied by visitors while the international media will reside at Galadari.
“We have appointed a sub committee comprising General Managers of the hotels. They get together every three days to cater the best of their facilities to the visitors,” he noted. The cricket match between Bollywood stars and Sri Lankan cricketers will be held at the Sinhalese Sports Club Ground on day two of the Videocon IIFA Weekend. Titled ‘Cricket for Children’ the match is a part of a charity initiative by the Videocon IIFA organizers in association with Sri Lanka Cricket and UNICEF. The fashion extravaganza and Micromax IIFA Awards is for invitees.