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    "Think Locally - Act Globally" Tourism Leaders Summit, Sept.25

    September 18, 2015

    World Tourism Day (WTD) is celebrated on the 27th September every year  worldwide. This year will mark the 30th Anniversary of the UNWTO World Tourism Day and UNWTO has declared this year’s theme as “Billion of Opportunities; Billions of Tourists" to further entice prospective youth entrepreneurs and private sector to engage in Tourism and reap rich yields through timely investments.

    In this context, concurrent to the World Tourism Day Celebrations, the postgraduate and diploma students of  Tourism Studies at the Department of Economics of the University of Colombo,  has taken an initiative to hold a series of programmes in Colombo and Kandy from Sept.25 - 27.


    Addressing a press Conference held in this regard at the Mount Lavinia Hotel Mr.Upali Rathnayake, Senior Industry Coordinator said, with focus on the theme we could reap rich yields through timely investments.He, noted  lack of representation of women in the industry which remains at 7 percent  and invited them to join hands with this valuable industry.


    These series of programmes will be conducted benefiting \ the secondary school students looking for career paths, university/tertiary education students interested in career opportunities, tourism practioners seeking to upgrade their positions and also tourism entrepreuners looking for lucrative investment opportunities.


    Among the topics discussed will be sustainable tourism development, MICE tourism opportunities, investment, exports, people, culture, cuisine, government and e-commerce.


    Following series of activities will take place:-


    Sept. 25 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., at BMICH. - Tourism Leaders’ Summit under the theme, "Think Locally - Act Globally"

    Sept.25 - 10 a.m. to 12 noon at Queens Hotel, Kandy - Career Guidance and Awareness Programs, Blood Donation Camp

    Sept.26 - .Tourism Awareness Walk starting from the Kandy Railway Station

    Sept.26 -  10 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. -  Spice Fest

    Sept.26 - 2.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. - Industry Guidance Programme

    Sept.26 - 2.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. at Queens Hotel - - Industry Guidance Programme

    Sept.27 - Quiz Competition  at Hilwood College, Kandy and a Medical Camp

    The event is organised in partnership with  Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau,  Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management.

    Ref.Prof. W.Wimalarathane - Head of the Department – Department of Economics, Dr.D.A.C.Suranga Silva - Academic Coordinator Tourism Studies, Upali Rathnayake -  Senior Industry Coordinator,  Mr.T.B.B.Sumith– Industry Facilitator , Dr.Pubilis Silva, Director - Culinary Arts - International Hotel School of Mount Lavinia Hotel and many representatives were present.



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