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Christmas Cake Mixing on board Navy vessel at HIP


Hambantota International Port (HIP) was host to Shangri La Hotel - Hambantota as they kicked off the year-end festive season with their Christmas cake mixing ceremony held recently. The event was held on board a Sri Lankan Naval vessel docked at Hambantota International Port.  The Christmas cake, which is complex and unique in its making, is an age-old tradition.  While each home has a special recipe for it, hotels have made it into a much anticipated seasonal activity that spells the beginning of the holiday season and this year HIP played an important role in it.

“The coming together of the Hambantota International Port Group (HIPG) and the Sri Lankan Navy to host this event is significant as Sri Lanka positions itself to receive record numbers of tourists this year for the winter season. We are proud to be a part of this endeavour. Hambantota Port is expecting two cruise ships which will be calling at the port during the season and over 2000 passengers are expected to disembark.  This will be a great boost for the tourist economy of the southern part of the country,” says Johnson Liu, CEO of HIPG.

HIP works in collaboration with multiple companies including the tourism sector to promote local industry and business, especially in the southern region.  

Johnson Liu; CEO, Raymond Mu; CFO, Ravi Jayawickreme; CEO of HIPS and Greg Chen; Chief Strategic Officer attended the ceremony on board with the Shangri-La Hambantota and Navy officials.


CEO of HIPG Johnson Liu and HIP team ready to begin ‘Operation Christmas Cake’.

All hands on deck HIPG team joins Shangri-La in the mixing.

Sri Lanka Navy vessel decorated for ‘Operation Christmas Cake’.