BMICH – POWERED BY ZERO EMISSION TRANSPORT

Thu, 4 Aug 2022 Press Releases

The four E-Trikes donated by the Korean Energy Agency.

A fleet of four electric three wheelers powered by solar energy was deployed for use of the visitors of the BMICH which was donated by Korean Energy Agency as assistance to Sri Lanka through the Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority.

The project was designed to utilize the existing solar PV installation at BMICH to operate an electric vehicle charging station.

The four E- trikes will be initially used to provide in- compound transport to visitors as BMICH is a facility which spans a large extent of land.

BMICH Launches “Dahami Govithanin Yahapath Sanskruthiyak”

Wed, 20 Jul 2022 Press Releases

Hon Minister Vidura Wickramanayake symbolically planting a sapling to inaugurate the “Dahami Govithanin Yahapath Sanskruthiyak”

BMICH, Sri Lanka’s most recognizable and iconic landmark will cultivate one acre of land on its Colombo 7 property with paddy at the Kamatha and other crops such as Brinjal, Bitter gourd, Ridged Gourd, Radish, Winged Bean, Ladies Finger, Long Bean, Tomato, Ginger, Turmeric, Manioc, Kiri Ala etc, as their contribution to the ongoing national effort to increase food production towards strengthening food security. The land has been identified for cultivation as part of the BMICH’s efforts to cultivate crops.

The launching ceremony of the BMICH “Dahami Govithanin Yahapath Sanskruthiyak” was held recently at the BMICH Picnic Park premises with the participation of Chief Guest Hon. Vidura Wickramanayake – Minister of Buddha Sasana, Religious & Cultural Affairs, Mr. Somaratna Vidanapathirana – Secretary, Ministry of Buddha Sasana, Religious & Cultural Affairs, Sunil Dissanayake – Chief Executive, BMICH together with other officials of the Ministry as well as BMICH Leadership team, Staff, Tenant’s staff, Service provider staff and the BMICH Police.

“We are delighted to be involved with this initiative to contribute towards increasing the production of paddy and other food crops at our very own property at the BMICH. Organic fertilizer has been produced since 2019 with the organic waste generated at BMICH premises which will be utilized for the cultivation. The BMICH team looks forward to making a positive contribution to increase food production amidst the current economic environment” said Sunil Dissanayake – Chief Executive BMICH at the launch of the “Dahami Govithanin Yahapath Sanskruthiyak” initiative.

Over a long period of time, Sri Lanka’s agricultural practices have relied upon traditional cultivation methods, chaartithra vaarithra, and traditional beliefs.

BMICH is Sri Lanka’s largest and Asia’s very first purpose-built convention center with ultra modern facilities. Recently redesigned, renovated and refurbished, BMICH is South Asia’s Premier Integrated MICE Complex with all the facilities required to host any type of convention, seminar, exhibition, conference or wedding including multi-day international conventions and conferences and the most friendliest facility in Sri Lanka with hospitable staff.

BMICH CELEBRATES “WORLD ENVIRONMENT DAY”

Wed, 15 Jun 2022 Press Releases

BMICH, Sri Lanka’s most recognizable & iconic landmark celebrated the World Environment Day by planting a variety of saplings in the premises including “HAL” plants.

“HAL – Vateria Copallifera” is endemic to Sri Lanka which is powdered & used to make various authentic Sri Lankan food such as Halapa, Pittu, Thalapa, Roti etc.

World Environment Day is celebrated to spread awareness about protecting & restoring our planet. Being this year’s theme “Only One Earth”, we need to work collectively towards building the comfort of the planet.

“We are delighted to have celebrated the World Environment Day as we continuously practice eco-friendly concepts being an urban forest and we operate an in-house compost pile using the “Takakura” method to manage the daily garbage collected in the premises and we look forward for organic agriculture projects in the premises as well” said Sunil Dissanayake – Chief Executive, BMICH.

Set in a sprawling site, 15 well laid out and spacious car parks that can accommodate 3000 vehicles at a given time, and well-maintained landscaped gardens, BMICH is Sri Lanka’s largest and Asia’s very first purpose-built convention center with ultra-modern facilities. BMICH is situated in one of the most prestigious locations in Colombo. BMICH won the South Asian Travel Award (SATA) Gold in 2016, Silver in 2017, and Gold again in 2018 & 2019. In 2016 BMICH also won the Quality ERA Geneva Gold Award, Platinum Award in 2017 & the BWIO USA Platinum Award in 2020.

India Outbound Magazine Interviews BMICH CEO

Thu, 28 Apr 2022 Press Releases

As outbound travel from India revives after a pandemic-enforced closure, most market experts are pointing towards Meetings, Incentives, Conferencing, Expositions (MICE) and weddings as being the drivers of growth in the immediate future. And in this segment, Sri Lanka is pitching itself as the first and the best choice for a variety of reasons. Proximity, low cost and a cultural connection are only a few of its advantages.

Adding to these, the BMICH in Colombo combines its mammoth size and immense flexibility to make it the venue of preference for MICE or wedding groups of sizes varying from a few dozens to a few thousands. In an interview with India Outbound magazine Sunil Dissanayake, CEO of BMICH outlines the importance of India as a market and the key USPs of Sri Lanka and the convention centre that would attract Indian customers.

What are the key facilities that BMICH offers for MICE and Weddings?

We are a sophisticated world class venue with 22 indoor and 10 outdoor venues. We do everything that a hotel does. From a dinner for two to a banquet for 2,000. We cater to all types of events and we are very specialized in what we do. We have facilities for simultaneous translations to seven languages and all our other audio visual and technological systems are very up to date which cater to global events.

Who are you competing with and what are your competitive advantages?

We compete with the rest of the region as a MICE destination. All the South Asian countries such as India, Bangladesh & Maldives and the other SAARC countries. Also the far eastern countries such as Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. We are a purpose built facility with spacious landscaped gardens, with close proximity to India.

We sit on 38 acres of landscaped gardens and we call ourselves an urban forest with our tree laden gardens. In terms of the competitive advantage we are very cost effective, with our pricing, when compared with similar facilities elsewhere in the region. Especially for India, it’s more cost effective, because we are a lot cheaper and you get more for your foreign exchange of Indian currency. We pay about LKR.3 for an INR.1 That is also an advantage for our Indian clients.  It’s my personal view that it is cost effective to the Indian clients to come over to Sri Lanka and hold your conferences, weddings and events here rather than travelling from Delhi to Chennai or to other parts of India, which may be more expensive than coming to Colombo.

Just before the pandemic we hosted the Suzuki Maruti All India Conference and the Award Ceremony here at BMICH Expo Centre which had 1000 participants joining the event.  Afterwards, they indulged in tourism aspects of visiting different parts of the country.

Which are your biggest markets? How important is India for you?

India is our market leader for conventions, expositions, weddings and conferences, and then comes China. Those are the two major providers from abroad. We have a lot of customers and business opportunities from within Sri Lanka too and a few from Europe.

Which parts of India are key source markets?

Bombay, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, it’s mostly South India. Primarily the Southern part and sum from the Northern part as well. With our excellent airline connectivity to Indian cities with Sri Lankan Airlines which connects about 100 flights per week to different cities in India, it’s better and easier to travel to Sri Lanka than travelling within India itself. The connectivity is excellent.

How important is the Indian Wedding Market for you?

We are looking at the wedding market. We have quite a few weddings, especially the outdoor weddings with great outdoors. That’s another aspect that we are marketing. We are taking part in trade shows in India. BLTM and various other trade shows, and we also invite Indian MICE agents on familiarization tours. We had one tour in early 2020 prior to the pandemic. It’s a great opportunity for Indian weddings to be hosted at the BMICH as we are in close proximity to all the city hotels in Colombo. It is a matter of staying in a Colombo hotel and using our facilities to host the wedding.

USPs and novelties in Sri Lanka for post-event leisure?

There are many aspects an individual can indulge in post and pre-event leisure activities. The participants can extend their stay in Sri Lanka after the event or arrive earlier and bring their families too. The families could shop around in shopping malls in Colombo City  where most of the global brands at a competitive price than in India are available. From Colombo it is a “hop step and a jump” to the beaches and one can select any type of environment of choice.  For example the hill country with the mountains are just three hours away and then we have the wildlife which is also about 3 hours away. The Archaeological sites too could be reached within 3.5 to 4 hours. Of course, then we have the water sports on the southern coast and the eastern coast with surfing & water skiing in Arugam Bay in the east coast. Everything is within easy reach if you wish to enjoy in pre or post MICE event leisure activities in Sri Lanka.

BMICH Celebrates International Women’s Day

Tue, 22 Mar 2022 Press Releases

Chairperson of the Bandaranaike National Memorial Foundation and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunga with the lady staff and the Leadership team of the BMICH/BCIS on International Women’s Day.

BMICH – Sri Lanka’s iconic landmark organized a special programme for its lady staff members to celebrate International Women’s Day an acknowledge the significant contribution by the ladies of the BMICH/BCIS staff to make the institution the most sought after award winning MICE venue in South Asia.

“We are delighted to have a strong and dedicated lady workforce at BMICH/BCIS who contribute to our successes on a daily basis, and we admire their courage and dedication to help achieve our goals. BMICH has a unique affiliation with women with two of Sri Lanka’s leading personalities – Late Hon. Mrs. Sirimavo Bandaranaike being the first female Prime Minister of Sri Lanka and globally and who was also the founding Chairperson of BMICH and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumaratunga, the first female Executive President of Sri Lanka who is the current Chairperson of the BMICH Board of Management, both being of iconic significance to our country as well as globally” said Sunil Dissanayake-Chief Executive, BMICH.

Chairperson of the Bandaranaike National Memorial Foundation and former President Chandrika Bandaranaike Kumarathunga addressed the lady staff of the BMICH/BCIS at a special felicitation luncheon at the Sapphire Banquet Hall and thanked the ladies for their exceptional performance during the past year which helped the BMICH be profitable in a challenging and negative business environment due to the Covid pandemic.

BMICH is Sri Lanka’s largest and Asia’s very first purpose-built convention center with ultra modern facilities. Recently redesigned, renovated and refurbished, BMICH is South Asia’s Premier Integrated MICE Complex with all the facilities required to host any type of convention, seminar, exhibition, conference or wedding including multi-day international conventions and conferences.