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2009-02-03: [source:The Island] Deyata Kirula Exhibition tomorrow
2008-07-24: [source:Daily News] SAARC Summit a platform to promote tourism
2003-04-20: [source:Observer] Sirimavo Bandaranaika Memorial Exhibition & Convention centre - Official Opening on May 17
1999-05-22: [source:Daily News] Tree Planting Campaign at BMICH
1999-05-07: [source:Daily News] BMICH to get exhibition hall and international study centre
1999-05-07: International Exhibition Centre at BMICH
1998-05-10: [source:Lake House] Another outright gift from Chinese Govt - Modern convention hall next door to BMICH
1998-05-09: [source:Weekend Express] B.M.I.C.H. – 25th anniversary
1983-05-21: [source:SUN] Tenth Anniversary of BMICH
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01/05/1999: BMICH’s enhanced majesty
By Chandani Jayatilleke

Sri Lanka’s most distinguished convention venue, the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall) is ready to enter the new millennium with a range of modern facilities, in keeping with the challenges of new Information Technology and advance in the organizing of the International conferences.
The new exhibition will be the main feature of this process and it will be designed in keeping with BMICH’s traditions and legacy, the new Director Bandula Ekanayake told the Daily News.

This elegantly designed convention facility, known to be the most significant gift Sri Lanka has ever received from the government of China and its people, stands majestically in an extent of 40 acres in some quiet surroundings of the commercial city, Colombo. Perhaps, it is the first purpose-built conference hall in the country.

According to Mr. Ekanayake, the foremost objective of the new addition is to serve as an internationally renowned, fully-fledged exhibition centre. “Chinese government has agreed to invest Rs. 250 million for this purpose. It is scheduled to be completed within two years from now” The authorities have also decided to upgrade sound systems of the building too.

No doubt, as a convention centre the BMICH has already carved a niche. It boasts of having hosted several well- known international conferences and conventions like 1976 non- aligned conference and a SAARC summit.

As far as Sri Lanka’s MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) tourism concept is concerned; the BMICH has again played a leading role, hosting a significant number of international seminars, meetings and workshops. “ In promoting MICE tourism we work closely with the Ceylon Tourist Board and promote BMICH abroad intensely. This agreement has given us tremendous exposure in the international meetings arena.”

Local weddings are the next main event to tale place at BMICH, until very recently. People consider it a privilege to have their children’s weddings at this “palace-like” building. However, the management had to decide to terminate wedding bookings due to security reasons prior to the SAARC summit last year.

“BMICH needed a new way of thinking to usher in its goals to the next millennium. And its staff is now convinced to follow these concepts which have been readily accepted by them.” Mr. Ekanaike said. “We are now contemplating allowing wedding receptions only for armed forces personnel. We also promote evening parties, both garden and in-house for companies and individuals. We have a large garden area for this purpose. The BMICH has also put up a special package for such events.

Meanwhile, plans have also been made to provide new premises for the Bandaranaike Centre for International Studies (BCIS), India has gifted two Maruti Jeeps for use by the management.

The history of the BMICH dates back to the early seventies. The BMICH concept first emerged during Prime Minister Sirimavo Bandaranaike’s visit to China. When she met the late Chinese PM Zhou En Lai, he had asked Mrs. Bandaranaike what China could do for her country to mark the centenary old relations between the two countries and in memory of S.W.R.D. Bandaranaike. She had said Sri Lanka needed an internationally acclaimed conference hall. Built at a cost of Rs.35 Million, at that time, in memory of late Prime Minister S.W.R.D.Bandaranaike; it became one of the foremost international conference halls of the time in South Asia.

BMICH consists of four main blocks: the octagonal shaped main building consists of main assembly hall, delegates lounge, banquet hall and press lounge and block 2 consists of 90 office rooms for delegates. Block 3 is the area of committee rooms and where technical facilities are located and block 4 consists of the residential and secretariat area.

[source:Lake House]