Sri Lanka will drum up support for its tourism industry, with a band of international percussion artists beating it out in late March. Sri Lanka will drum up support for its tourism industry, with a band of international percussion artists beating it out in late March. The Tourist Board Chairman Udaya Nanayakara hopes the event will strike a high note in the global tourism calendar and sell the island as a platform for other international events.
The Festival of Drums will be staged at Colombo, Kandy and Galle between March 30 and April 03, with organizers hoping for an annual repeat performance.
The festival will feature a cross range of bands including the legendary Drummers of Burundi and US drumming icon Bill Cobham.
Organisers are expecting to bring at least 5000 additional foreign visitors, and are preparing for some 100,000 spectators at the Colombo event alone.
Vice President of the Hoteliers Association Shanthi Kumar says the tour will not pressure the tropical island’s hotel room stock as its has been slated in towards the end of the traditional tourism season.
Meanwhile, some 500 rooms, currently b