- 2018 -
4th and 5th October 2018 at BMICH
Integration of Global Value Chains for Sustainable Tourism Development:
Inclusiveness, Coopetition and Innovation
Tourism Leaders’ Summit and International Research Symposium which is part of the official World Tourism Day events held in Sri Lanka from 2015. Tourism Leaders’ Summit and International Research Symposium 2017 was privileged to have His Excellency the president Maithreepala Sirisena as the Chief guest for 3rd Summit in 2017.
As the premier state-run academic body, the Tourism Study Programmms of the Department of Economics, University of Colombo has taken the lead in the Four years in organizing celebrations of United Nations World Tourism Day at national level in association with the Ministry of Tourism Development. Working together with key stakeholders has helped fulfill the national tourism development agenda and synergize a common platform in which academia and industry professionals work together in designing sound and practical strategies to develop the industry.
Today Sri Lanka is a key player in world tourism especially after its appointment as a vice president of the United Nations World Tourism Organization. 130 countries and 1500 delegates endorsed this appointment at its recent general assembly in China. No doubt this is a great achievement for Sri Lanka as it becomes a role model for the development of sustainable tourism. We in Sri Lanka must therefore harness the power of tourism for our economic well-being while being fully committed to the UNWTO’s sustainable development goals, most notably its 2030 Agenda.
Tourism is now one of the main pillars of our economy and its position will be further consolidated with the targets we have set for the industry. Tourism has become the passport to prosperity for many countries and Sri Lanka is no exception provided we manage this sector in a sustainable manner. This is where we require the input of the academics in order to chart the way forward. The Tourism Leaders Summit which is now in its fourth edition is one such valuable forum where key stakeholders will be able to benefit from the experience of world leaders in tourism who are here to participate in this forum
The Tourism Leaders’ Summit (TLS) and International Tourism Research Conference (ITRC) – 2017 was a great successful national event. His Excellency Maithripala Sirisena, the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka was as the Chief Guest for this in 2017. The Guest of Honour was the Minister Hon. John Amaratunga, Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs. The Summit was held under three major panels: (1) Diplomatic Corps, (2) CEOs/Chairmen of Foreign National Tourism Organizations and, (3) Industry Leaders Dialogue. The International Tourism Research Conference provided a platform to discuss the key challenges and effective strategies for sustainable tourism development with some successful case studies and best practices. It was chaired by 17 foreign eminent professors from different countries. Both events were conducted under the main theme of "Sustainable Tourism for Development: Way Forward for Sri Lanka" at the BMICH-Colombo. This celebration was marked by a series of other events as well 1) the Tourism Awareness Walk, 2) Tree Planting Event and Public Awareness Program on Sustainable Tourism 3) Industry-Community Dialogue for Women for Tourism Development, 3) Industry – Interactive and Network-Building Cricket Carnival and 5) Tourism Quiz for Industry-Academia in different venues and selected dates from June to Oct 3rd and 4th 2017.
The major objective of the Summit and Conference is to provide a constructive dialogue to deliver most required policy and management stimulation to strengthen tourism development of Sri Lanka for a high-value destination offering extraordinary experiences by tapping the untapped Sri Lanka’s natural and socio-cultural heritage while ensuring all parties’ inclusive, environmentally responsible, economically viable tourism development. Therefore, the comparative and comprehensive analysis on the application of current tourism strategies of Sri Lanka is to be analytically discussed with the industry practitioners, policy-makers, community organizations, international experts and eminent academics/researchers, under the guidelines of achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.
To provide a great opportunity for the students to conduct and present their research findings at an international academics and experts forum
Tourism Leaders' Summit- Research Forum for Tour Operators was held on 05th of May during Sancharaka Udawa 8th Edition
Women's Forum: "Empowering and Equity in Tourism" – Women Tourism Leaders, NGOs, Local Organizations/Authorities
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!
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 was a great pleasure to convey our appreciation to Mr. Kavan Ratnayake,the Chairman of SLTDA for valuable contribution and encouragement given the International Tourism Research Symposium and Tourism Leaders' Summit -held on 3rd and 4th Oct 2017
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