1st Tourism Leaders’ Summit on Billon Tourists Billon Opportunities for MICE and Sustainable Tourism in Sri Lanka

Value Proportions:

Networking tourism opportunities and integration of direct or indirect tourism stakeholder partnerships should be a prime and pre-requisite for the promotion of MICE & sustainable tourism development in Sri Lanka. Such networking and integration must be used as an effective management tool for sustainable tourism development in Sri Lanka.

Key Objectives of the Summit
  1. Identify new opportunities to create innovative and diversified MICE and other specific tourism business development
  2. Enhance innovative and analytical thinking for developing unique and novel tourism products and packages for emerging markets
  3. To provide evident based action oriented research publications for all stake holders in the hospitality industry.

Key Topics
  • Sustainable Tourism Development
  • MICE Tourism opportunities
  • Investment opportunities
  • Tourism service Exports
  • Public Private People Participation
  • Culture and heritage management
  • Public policy and good Governance.
  • E Commerce in Tourism.

  • Mr. Malik J. Fernando, Director- MJF Group - Dilmah Tea
    "Tea Industry Strategies and the Opportunities"

  • Mr. Paddy Withana,Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority
    "Evolution of the Tourism Industry of Sri Lanka"

  • Dr. Rohantha Athukorala .Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism romotion Bureau
    "The Science of Destination Management"

  • Mr D.S. Samarasinghe, Director Media and Publicity of the Board of Investments Sri Lanka
    "Investment opportunities and Tourism Industry"

  • Mr. Steven Bradie Milles, CEO of Colombo Academy of Hospitality Management at SLIIT/William Angliss Institute Sri Lanka
    "Educating future leaders, supporting labour force requirement and challenging services and expectation in the hospitality sector"

  • Mr. Rohan Jayaweera COO- Antyra Solutions
    "Importance of Digital Brand Management Strategies and the opportunities within the MICE and tourism industry"

  • Mrs. Paddy Paul, Managing Director of Golden Isle Travels
    "Events and MICE Tourism from Event Organizers point of view"

  • Ms. Shashika Kahadawela, Assistant Manager Sustainable & Green Initiative of Jetwing Group
    "Sustainable and Green Initiative for Tourism and Hospitality Industry"

  • Mr. Indika Vidanage, President of Sri Lanka Institute of National Tourist Guide Lecturers (SLINTGL)
    "Tourism and MICE Tourism from tourist guide lecturer point of View"

  • Mr. Aasim Mukthar,CEO of Lanka Exhibition & Conference Services (Pvt.) Ltd
    "Tourism and MICE Tourism from Travel Agents point of View"

  • Mr. Mehdi Serrour, General Manager of Shangri- La Hotels & Resorts Sri Lanka
    "Shangri-La Resorts and the opportunities within the MICE and tourism industry"

  • Dr. Chef Publis
    "Sri Lankan Cuisine for Tourism"

  • Mr D L Nihal, Senior Economist, Economic Research Department, Central Bank
    "Role of Sri Lanka Central Bank and Tourism Industry"

  • Mr. Srilal Mitthapala, Institute of Hospitality ,Sri Lankan Chapter
    "Responsible Tourism"

Tourism Leaders’ Summit& International Symposium -2016

Keynote Speech
Prof. S.P. Bansal, Vice Chancellor, Indira Gandhi State University, India and Founder Vice-Chancellor, Maharaja Agrasen University, SAARC President, Tourism and Hospitality Educators and Researchers Association of ASIAN Countries(THERAA)
"Theme of the Speech: Indo-Sri Lanka Tourism for Regional Tourism Development"


Prof. dr. Lorenzo CANTONI, Chair-holder, UNESCO chair in ICT to develop and promote sustainable tourism in World Heritage Sites, USI - Università della Svizzera italiana
"Theme of the Speech: Role of ICT in Connecting Heritage Attractions for Tourism"

Prof. Dr. Syed Rashidul Hasan, Department of Tourism & Hospitality Management, University of Dhaka.
"Theme of the Speech: Strengthening of Supply Chain"

Prof. (Dr.) Pradeep Nair Deputy Vice-Chancellor Taylor's University
"Theme of the Speech: Strategic Collaboration for Public, Private and People Partnership Tourism Development-To be remeobised"

Prof. (Dr.) Sandeep Kulshreshtha, Director, Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management Mrs. Kulsharathne
"Theme of the Speech: Comprehensive Implementation of Tour Management for All"

Prof. (Dr). Therdchai Choibamroong, Dean: School of Tourism Management, National Institute of Development Administration (NIDA), Thailand
"Theme of the Speech: Legal and Administrative Framework of Tourism for Fair Treatment for All."

World Tourism Day Celebrations Tourism Leaders’ Summit and International Research Symposium 2017

Key Note Speech
Dr. (Ms). Cordula Wohlmuther,Officer in charge of UNWTO Programme for the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development 2017 and Institutional Relations and Resource Mobilization,UNWTO
"Sustainable Tourism as a Development Tool"


Dr(Ms) S.R.S.N. Sudasinghe -Senior Consultant. Sri Lanka Institute od Development Admisntartion
"Untapped Potential Of Sri Lanka Tourism Policy and Vision 2025"

Mr. Kavan Ratnayaka,The Chairman, SLTDA
"Improving Governance and Regulation of Sri Lanka Tourism Policy"

Mr. Udaya Nanayakara-The Chairman,SLTPB
"Positioning the Tourism Strategic Plan"

Mr. Prema Cooray,The Chairman ,SLCB
"Lifting Sri Lanka Tourism to Global Standards"

Mr. Sunil Dissanayake,The Chairman,SLITHM
"Engaging the Work force and Communities for Sri Lanka Tourism"

Dr. D.A.C Silva- University of Colombo
"Private Public Partnerships for sustainable Tourism in Sri Lanka"

Mr. Rohan Abeywickrama,The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka
"Exploring the Changing Customer Expectations of Future Tourism"

Mr. Harith Perera The President -The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators
"Positioning Sri Lanka as One of the Finest Island Destinations of the World "

Mr.Sanath Ukwatte,The president of The Hotel Association of Sri Lanka
"Positioning Sri Lanka as One of the Finest Island Destinations of the World"

Mr. Wilhelm Brown The President of Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka
"Exploring the Changing Customer Expectations of Future Tourism"

Mr. Ziayan Ameen- Sri Lanka Assocoation of Professional Conference and Event organizers
"Innovative Strategies for Yield Management and Higher Profitability in Hotel and Tourism Industry"

Mr.Krishan Balendra-Head Corporate Finance, John Keells Holdings PLC
"Way forward for Sri Lanka Tourism ( Rep To be Defined)"

Mr.Dileep Mudadeniya -VP- John Keells group / head of brand marketing cinnamon hotels and resorts
"Way forward for Sri Lanka Tourism –Private Sector perspective"

Mr.Sutheash Balasubramaniam,Manging Director, SLTPB
"Wonder of Asia or any other"

Mr. Malraj Keiriella, Director General ,SLTDA -Way forward for Sri Lanka Tourism
"Way forward for Sri Lanka Tourism –Public Sector perspective"

Mr.Buddhika Hewasam, Director General-SLITHM
"Global Best Practices in Training and Skill Development for Sri Lanka"

Dr. Chandana (Chandi) Jayawardena - International Ambassador & Past President - Institute of Hospitality (HCIMA), UK
"Global Best Practices for Tourism and Hospitality Research"

Mr. Steven Bradie Milles-CEO William Angliss Institute Sri Lanka,CAHM @ SLIIT
"Global Best Practices for Tourism and Hospitality Education"