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Message From the President of Sri Lanka

Message From the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka
Message From the Minister of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, Hon. John Amaratunga

Special Events

Tourism Leaders’ Summit (TLS) and International Tourism Research Conference (ITRC)

Tourism Leaders’ Summit (TLS) and International Tourism Research Conference (ITRC) was organized by the premier state-run academic body, the Tourism Study Programs of the Department of Economics; University of Colombo.

The event was held on 04th and 05th of October 2018 at Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) for the 4th consecutive year in celebrations of United Nations World Tourism Day at national level.

Seven panel discussions paved way to interesting information sharing about a wide array of interesting topics related to travel and tourism. Not only information related to the academia were shared, but also many other important aspects were directed towards policy makers, which further created a platform to have an open dialogue about the future of tourism and what needs to be done to improve and secure its future in a sustainable manner.

Panel One-Diplomats Forum – "Global Expectation for Sri Lanka Tourism Development" from Ambassadors/ Diplomatic Representatives from Tourist Origin Countries

International Organization’s Forum: "Building Capacities and Enhancing Community Contribution for Inclusive Sustainable Tourism"; I/NGOs, Community Leaders, Community Organizations

International Tourism Leaders' Forum- "Lessons Learnt from Global Best Practitioners" CEOs/ Chairmen from NTOs

Aviation/Maritime and Hospitality Forum-"Enhancing Connectivity and Industry Networks"; Airlines, Travel Agencies, DMCs

Cooperate and Industry Leaders’ Forum: "Strengthening Cooperate Partnership for Implementation of Tourism Strategies", CEOs/COOs from the industry and cooperate sector of Sri Lanka

A Way forward for Sustainable Tourism Development : "Together Tourism for All",

Panel One -Global Expectation for Sri Lanka Tourism Development

Panel Two: Building Capacities and Enhancing Community Contribution for Inclusive Tourism

Panel Three: Lessons Learnt from Global Best Practitioners

Panel Four : Connectivity and Industry Networks

Panel Five: Strengthening Cooperate Partnership for Implementation of Tourism Strategies (Aviation & Maritime Forum)

Panel Discussion Six: Strengthening Cooperate Partnership for Implementation of Tourism Strategies

Panel Discussion Seven: Together Tourism for All: Digital Transformation


  • Foster Business Relations
  • Focused one-one business meetings
  • Rational decision making
  • Experiential Learning from industry’s gurus
  • Cross-Cultural Collaborations
  • Expand your Global Network
  • Global Reach and Heightened Visibility
  • Explore popular locations
  • Unmatched Business growth
  • Exclusive Marketing and Branding Opportunities
  • Certificate
  • Morning Tea, Lunch
  • Evening Snack
  • Fellowship Dinner
  • Conference kit

Special Remarks

Tourism and Hospitality Educators and Researchers Association of Asia (THERA ) was recognized as an outstanding contributor for Advancing Specialized skills for Economic Transformation (ASSET) by World University Service of Canada ...

Fantastic moment of paying gratitude to His Excellency Mr. Bryce Hutchesson, The Australian High Commissioner for his great contribution to Tourism Leaders’ Summit 2017!

Meeting His Excellency Mr. Jörn Rohde, Ambassador, German Embassy Colombo. It was a great honor to have you at Tourism Leaders' Summit 2017

Visiting Her Excellency Ms. Joanne Doornewaard, The Ambassador/ Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to appreciate the quality time she spent with us while sharing her knowledge and experience at the Tourism Leaders' Summit 2017

Meeting with Mr. Dammika Perera to pay our sincere gratitude for his excellent contribution towards Tourism Leaders’ Summit 2017!

Ms. Alice Joe Paul- Country Manager Sri Lanka -Air India will Participate for Tourism Leaders' Summit on 5th of October 2018@ BMICH

Mr. Malik.J.Fernando, Director at MJF Group - Dilmah Tea - Resplendent Ceylon was the 1st Speaker of The Tourism Leaders' summit and International Tourism Research Conference in 2015.He Continued his contribution to us in past 3 years.

Tourism Leaders' Summit and International Tourism Research Conference was Recognized as the Sri Lanka's National Tourism Policy Making Summit.Special remark was made by Dr. Rohantha Athukorala during the Forum of Shaping Future of Tourism Sri Lanka organized by MICE Team.

Mr. Hu Hong Yao Country Manager Singapore Air Lines accepted our invitation to participate on 5th October 2018 at BMICH

Offered our heartiest gratitude to a wonderful lady; Madam Tatiana Nenova, Program Leader for Equitable Growth, Finance, Institutions for Sri Lanka & Maldives at World Bank Group.

Meeting Mr. Patrick Vandenbruaene, Head of Office, Development Partner Secretariat, United Nations Compound, Colombo is a stepping stone to start a new chapter of colloaboration/ partnership in between Tourism Studies Unit of University of Colombo and United Nations Compound.

The Token and the Letter of Appreciation is presented to Mr. Haritha Perera, Managing Director DITHLEM by Dr. Suranga Silva and Mr. Kasun Abeynayaka, UOC-TOURISM

Mr. Thilak Weerasinghe, Chairman, LSR received the token of appreciation for the contribution of Tourism Leaders Summit with Dr. Suranga Silva and Kasun Abeynayaka

Mr. Ashan Perera, one of our students in Diploma in Travel & Tourism Economics and Hotel Management (DTTEHM), Department of Economics, University of Colombo won the World Best Award for Young Tourism Volunteer held in Sweden March 2018.

Meeting with General Manager at Shangri La Colombo with University of Colombo Lecturers!

It is our pleasure to invite Mr.Chandana De Silva- Area Manager Sri Lanka and Commercial Emirates Air Lines for the Tourism Leaders' Summit 2018 for the Aviation Pannel on 05th of October 2018 at BMICH

Dr. Suranga Silva, University of Colombo, delivered the Keynote Speech of the Magazine Launch of Amazing Sri Lanka with Mr. Isura Devapriya, Chief Minister, Western Province and Mr. John Amaratunga, UNP Gampaha District Leader, Minister of Tourism Development, Christian Religious Affairs and Land and Sampath Siriwardena, University of Colombo.

It is a great honour and privilege for us to welcome His Excellency Mr. Liu Xiao Feng,the Vice Chairman and Honorary Chairman the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (NCCPPCC); China Primary Health Care Foundation (CPHCF) and his delegates the VVIP lounge of the Bandaranaike International Airport on 7th November 2017.

The students of Tourism Studies, Department of Economics University of Colombo visited Naresuan University Public university, Phitsanulok THAILAND to hold research symposium and to take part in the cultural show with the lecturers 4th and 5th April

Tourism Leaders' Summit Featured in News Letter of University of Colombo-December 2017

Mount Lavinia Hotel is partnered as an official hospitality partner for this year too.A token of appreciation presented to Mr. Bazeer Cassim -Group General Manger of Mount Lavinia Hotel and Resorts for being with us from the inception as the official hospitality partner.Our Great Legendary Alumni Mr.Chinthake Daluwatte -Director Operations of the MLH Group featured.

Tourism Leaders' Summit started its 3rd Forum on Human Resources. Initial Round of Discussions were held at Galle Face Hotel.Appreciation goes to GFH Director HR and the HR team

Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Beauro partnered with us for the 4th consecutive year

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