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Raid Amazones, women’s race in March

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CEO Alex Debanne, French Ambassador Jean-François Pactet, CEO, Srilankan, Richard Nuttall, Head of Marketing SriLankan Saminda Perera, Chairman Connaisance De Ceylan Chandra Wickramasinghe. Picture by Sulochana Gamage
CEO Alex Debanne, French Ambassador Jean-François Pactet, CEO, Srilankan, Richard Nuttall, Head of Marketing SriLankan Saminda Perera, Chairman Connaisance De Ceylan Chandra Wickramasinghe. Picture by Sulochana Gamage

Raid Amazones, the only itinerant women’s adventure race in the world, will be held during March 19 to 29, 2023 in the hill capital, Kandy with the participation of over 250 female athletes. SriLankan Airlines, together with Connaissance de Ceylan, the official ground handling partner of the event, will go all out to ensure that the French group experiences the best in Sri Lankan hospitality.

For the second year running SriLankan Airlines stepping up its efforts toward restoring the country’s tourism industry will assist the event again helping to showcase the island’s appeal to diverse travel interests in the global arena.

CEO of Raid Amazones Alex Debanne said that the decision to host the event was mainly made due to the strongest request made by Sri Lankan Airlines and secondly to support Sri Lanka to uplift the present financial situation as this is a high revenue generation opportunity for a country.

“My experience in Sri Lanka with the 20th Raid Amazones and the excellent feedback received by the participants last year also convinced me to hold the 21st edition of Raid Amazones back-to-back in beautiful Sri Lanka.”

Chief Executive Officer of SriLankan Airlines Richard Nuttall said “We have not asked for any concession from the government or from the stakeholders and are happy to note that every individual pays for their total journey including the airfare, visa, travel and accommodation”.

Saminda Perera Head of Marketing SriLankan Airlines said the Airline and Sri Lanka will gain over EUR 10 million worth publicity globally through this event as their international media coverage will create awareness of Sri Lanka as an adventure travel hotspot particularly in France and rest of the Europe where Raid Amazones is sought after and attract adventure seeker. SriLankan Airlines partnered Raid Amazones in 2022 soon after recommencing operations to Paris.

Raid Amazones is a coveted annual destination adventure event originating from France, which features female athletes competing their way through a range of challenges such as orienteering, mountain biking, canoeing, riding, running and archery. Sri Lanka was chosen over rival destinations by the event’s founders due to the unparalleled warmth of its people and support on ground to pull off a successful event.

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