Sri Lanka To Host UCI World Cycling Event In October 2018
Planned for October 2018/19, in partnership with the Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau, as the host Country, Leisure World Tours Mr. Reg de Livera (MD), is keen to organise the Gran Fondo World Series 2018 Road Race for the first major event of its kind outside Australia and Europe. Placing Sri Lanka on the Gran Fondo World Series Calendar for 2018 is his greatest dream.
He is relying heavily on Sri Lanka Tourism Authorities to come to the table for a serious discussion in the coming months. Preliminary discussions have already taken place with the Management Team of Lanka Sportreizen. We are awaiting the finer details to submit a formal proposal to the Directors of the Sri Lanka Tourism Board. Lanka Sportrreizen has already demonstrated their expertise in organising UCI events whihc was successfully held as recently as April this year with UCI official supervision.
Inspired by this prestigious event, Reg de Livera sees this opportunity as an ambitious plan to promote Sri Lanka to the wide world.
This race is undoubtedly seen as an event that provides several days of the world’s best cycling, delivering high excitement and intense competition.
It is estimated that 500 of professional riders and amateur cyclists from around the world will join Sri Lankan riders in this event, making it the best ever promotion for Sri Lanka's tourism sector.
Meanwhile, there are many prominent Travel agents in Sri Lanka who have expressed interest in giving this event a jump start with sponsorships and logistics handling propositions.
Several Travel and tourism sector personnel have shown keen enthusiasm for such an event to be immensely helpful in boosting tourism in Sri Lanka.
This event is a start of a plan to continue Sri Lanka's growth in to the future as a destination ideal for sporting events.
Reg de Livera believes that the world is now aware that Sri Lanka is a peaceful nation and a World Cycling event will boost confidence in those travellers who are still cautious about travel to Sri Lanka.
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