Government to develop a new national policy for tourism industry

Plans are under way to prepare a new national policy for the tourism industry in Sri Lanka, Tourism and Sports Minister Navin Dissanayake said.

Dissanayake said it has been decided to introduce a three year strategic plan related to the new national policy on tourism.

We decided to introduce a new national policy for the tourism industry with the aim of developing the Sri Lankan economy and living standards of the people. We hope to obtain the assistance of all for the success of this. And he said arrangements are being made to launch a special program to grant benefits for people in villages in line with the new policy. Creating new employment opportunities for Sri Lankan youth and making more spaces for village level persons to increase their earnings are the main objectives of this new national policy which is to be introduced to the Sri Lankan tourism industry.

Sri Lanka Holidays tour – Places to see in Sri Lanka

Think Sri Lanka and some of the things that come to mind are Asian elephants and Ceylon tea. Delve deeper and you’ll discover a nation of rich heritage and wonders including lush greenery, monasteries, palaces, temples and theatres.

The country is among the beauties of the sub-continent that features a peaceful environment and a hard-working community.

Among ancient cities, a visit to Anuradhapura is a must as it holds the title as a sacred city by Buddhists around the world. Kandy is a scene to behold. With spiraling roads and refreshing environment, Kandy is especially beautiful around the Monsoon season when cool temperatures call to unwind with a warm cup of Ceylon tea.

For the adventurous, water sports such as rafting and gliding are slowly gaining popularity across its gleaming streams.

Wildlife is abundant in Sri Lanka, as it is known to be among the top five hotspots for biodiversity. Visitors to the Bundala National Park can spot monkeys, fruit bats and various species of water and migratory birds, as well as other fauna and flora — a photographers treat.

 

Safari to view nature’s best

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is a nursery and breeding ground for wild Asian elephants. It’s a great place to get up close and personal with the mammals. Visitors can also feed the animals from a high point. You can also embark on a safari to view nature’s best.

Tea gardens spanning across lush fields denote the country’s booming tea production. Fresh, aromatic and bursting with flavour, Sri Lanka’s tea leaves are fragrant and refreshing, not to mention it offers great value for quality. It is also proud of its traditional crafts that showcase its distinct culture. Sri Lanka is also an attractive destination for medical tourism with world-class internationally accredited healthcare about 70 per cent comparatively cheaper than Singapore and Thailand.

Spas and massages are a favourite among tourists offering mineral-enriched packs and herbal, therapeutic concoctions to melt stress away.

According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), the country saw a 19.8 per cent rise in tourist arrivals in 2014 with 1,527,153 visitors compared to 1,274,593 in 2013.

In January 2012, the country introduced the Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) for short-term visa in order to ease the flow of arrivals.

 

Ideal holiday destination

A chunk of Sri Lanka’s GDP comes from tourism and in an attempt to further raise numbers; the Ministry of Economic Development launched a five-year Tourism Development Strategy where it aims to reach a target number of 2.5 million visitors by the year 2016. This includes improving the country’s infrastructure, agriculture and product market.

A report by the Department of Census and Statistics shows that Sri Lanka’s GDP expanded by 7.7 per cent in the third quarter of 2014, compared to the same period the year before. Agriculture and tea production takes precedence in exports aside from textiles and rubber.

Keeping up with the rest of the world, Sri Lanka has set Millennium Development Goals (MDG) as a priority in the national agenda in a bid to improve the overall structure of the nation and combat poverty by the end of year 2015.

Its lush cities combined with warm hospitality and scrumptious food makes it an ideal holiday destination, attracting thousands of tourists every year. The UAE is home to a number of Sri Lankan expats, who take up respectable positions and contribute to their home country’s economy via remittances. The nation is on its way to steady growth alongside notable tourism and investment opportunities.

Courtesy: Farhana Chowdhury for Khaleej Times

 

Tourist Guide Lecturers as interpreters for foreign investors in Sri Lanka

A one day workshop for Professional Tourist Guide Lecturers and other related professionals will be held on June 21 from 8.30 am to 6.00 pm at the main Library of the University of Colombo.

The first ever training course relevant to this field in Sri Lanka, the workshop is organized by the Department of Economics of the University of Colombo and the Russian Tourist Guide Lecturers’ Association. Many tourists visiting Sri Lanka are on the lookout for investment opportunities in the country. Such tourists are also a major and reliable source that could provide details of investment opportunities available in Sri Lanka to their home countries. To inform professional tourist guides largely engaged with tourists regarding investment and business opportunities in the country, would in turn help attract foreign investments to the country. As such, the main objective is to inform them in this regard

Participants’ knowledge on investment opportunities in Sri Lanka, government incentives and policy consultation for foreign investments, positive thinking, leadership skills and communication skills are expected to be improved. As they would be educated in healthcare, health safety, sustainable and environmental standards, their practical knowledge in preparing project reports would also be improved.

Promotion Officers of the Sri Lanka Investments Board, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority officials and University Lecturers too would engage as resource persons of the workshop. A valuable certificate for participants who successfully complete the one-day program would be issued by the Department of Economics of the University of Colombo.

Those interested in this regard, may obtain further details by calling Asanka Senanayake on 0718716755 and the Chairman of the Russian Tourist Guide Lecturers’ Association on 011258266 or 0716060995.

University of Kelaniya – Career Fair 2013 on 20th November 2013

The University of Kelaniya Career Guidance Unit proudly unveils the 7th consecutive Career Fair 2013 on 20th of November 2013 at University of Kelaniya.

A Vibrant mass of undergraduates, with an array of preferences escorted with their own charisma for tomorrow’s corporate versatility ready to rise to the challenge with gained confidence through solid academia & extensive personality development sessions.

For more information about the University of Kelaniya Career Fair 2013 calls Career Guidance Unit University of Kelaniya on Sajith – 0719002751 or Sriyan – 0711144173

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University of Kelaniya – Career Fair 2013 on 20th November 2013
University of Kelaniya – Career Fair 2013 on 20th November 2013

Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management Certificates, Diploma’s and National Diploma Programmes in Colombo & Kandy

Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management invites applications for the National Diploma in Hospitality Management, Intermediate Level, and Certificate Level & Craft-Level Courses for Commandment in January 2014.

Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM), has over 46 years of experience in providing necessary training for human capital & manpower development at all levels for the Travel, Tourism & Hospitality industry. Being the premier National Training Institute in tourism & hospitality education, its certificate has recognition for higher education nationally & internationally and for employment world over. We extend an invitation to aspiring young men and women to embark on a glamorous career development path in tourism & hospitality industry who possess the qualifications given below.

 

Craft Level (Duration – 03 months – Full Time)

Course Fee Per Month
Cookery Rs. 3500/- + 2% NET or ($70.00)
Restaurant & Bar Service Rs. 3000/- + 2% NBT or ($60.00)
Front Office Rs. 3000/- + 2% NBT or ($60.00)
Hotel Housekeeping Rs. 3000/- + 2% NBT or ($60.00)

 

Entry Qualifications for new Applicants: 8th Standard & Age Limit over 17 years.

Certificate Level – Leading to a 4 years Diploma with Specialisation

Course (Duration – 05 months – Full Time) Fee Per Month
Professional Cookery Rs. 3500/- + 2% NBT or ($70.00)
Restaurant & Bar Service Rs. 3000/- + 2% NBT or ($60.00)
Hotel Reception Rs. 3000/- + 2% NBT or ($60.00)
Hotel Housekeeping Rs. 3000/- + 2% NBT or ($60.00)

 

Entry Qualifications:

  • G.C.E O/L – Minimum 3 Credits and 3 ordinary passes including English & Mathematics in not more than two sittings. OR
  • Craft Level with 01 year experience in the relevant field. OR
  • Those who are already employed in the industry with two years experience in the relevant field
  • age Limit over 17 years.

 

Re-Admissions – Individuals who have completed Certificate Level Courses at SLITHM

Intermediate Level (Duration – 06 months – Full Time) – Colombo Only Fee Per Month
Professional Cookery Rs. 4100/- + 2% NBT or ($80.00)
Food & Beverage Operations Rs. 3500/- + 2% NBT or ($70.00)
Front Office Operations Rs. 3500/- + 2% NBT or ($70.00)
Hotel Housekeeping Rs. 3500/- + 2% NBT or ($70.00)

 

Entry Qualifications for Re-Admissions

  • Two Basic Level Courses in the related discipline one intends to specialize in, with relevant industrial training or Direct entry applicants from the industry MUST have served a minimum of 5 years in the particular discipline in the industry at Managerial/Supervisory Level with G.C.E. (O/L) qualifications.

National Diploma In Hospitality Management (Three Year – Full Time)

National Diploma in Hospitality Management will be 3 years full time diploma programme only available in Colombo & Kandy.

Those who have two Passes at G.C.E. (A/L) in one sitting with an Ordinary Pass in English Language or Credit Pass at G.C.E. (O/L) could apply.

Age Limit 18 -24 years

Course fee will be Rs. 5750/- + 2% NBT or ($115.00)

Registration fees for each course is Rs.500/-

Application form can be downloaded from the web site (www.slithm.edu.lk) & Re-admission applications to be sent to SLITHM Colombo. Applications should be forwarded to SLITHM Colombo or relevant Provincial Colleges of admission on or before 15″‘ November 2013.

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Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management Certificates, Diploma’s and National Diploma Programmes in Colombo & Kandy
Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management Certificates, Diploma’s and National Diploma Programmes in Colombo & Kandy

Job Vacancy in KFC Sri Lanka

Enjoy a rewarding career in Restaurant management at KFC, Sri Lanka’s No.1 quick service restaurant chai. We are currently on the lookout for leaders with a “can do’ attitude. Who can not only make working at KFC fun for themselves but also fun for everyone around them.

Resturant Manager

Male/Female below 35 years, with atleast 2 years of management experience in quick service restaurant.

Shift manager

Male/female below 32 years with al least 1 year of management experience in quick service restaurant.

  • Spoken and wriiten english is a must with the minimum qualification woth GCE O/L ’s. withn pass in maths and english.
  • Must be computer literate.

Previous experience in recognized star class restaurant/hotel and qualification from a recognized hotel school would be an aaedd advantage.

Please send your detailed resume to jobs@cargillsceylon.com or to the under mentioned postal address indicating the post applied for in the subject line or on the top right hand corner of the envelope. Cargill’s Ceylon PLC, no,40, York street, Colombo-01

Job Vacancy in KFC Sri Lanka
Job Vacancy in KFC Sri Lanka