The Department of Economics, University of Colombo takes pride in organizing the Tourism Leaders’ Summit and International Research Symposium - 2016 on the theme of “Tourism for All - Promoting Universal Accessibility.”
The International Research Symposium will be held under the theme of “Integration and Networking Sri Lanka Tourism Development for All”. These events will be held on September 28, 2016 at BMICH Colombo in parallel with the United Nations World Tourism Day Celebrations.
Consolidating the boom in the tourism development in the country and the tourism development activities in the country Department of Economics, University of Colombo initiated The Tourism Leader's Summit in 2015. Since then, the university has been working towards a clear vision to build a strong network among the key industry leaders and major stake holders of Sri Lanka Tourism, targeting to develop Sri Lanka as one of the most sought after High - End and Value for Money Travel Destination in the World by 2020.
The International Research Symposium under the theme of “Integrating and Networking Sri Lanka Tourism Development for All” is scheduled to be held on September 28, 2016. This event will be graced by professor Lakshman Dissanayake, Vice Chancellor of University of Colombo, Paddy Withana, Chairman of SLTDA and distinguished individuals such as eminent academics (Vice Chancellors), researchers from the UK, France, India, Thailand, Malaysia and Dubai whose key findings of Scientific research and the industry expertise (e.g. Representatives from the World Tourism Organizations) will be presented. This symposium will be one of the most reliable platforms to gather knowledge in shaping the tourism industry of Sri Lanka.
Professor Dr. Sandeep Kulshreshtha of Indian Institute of Tourism and Travel Management will comment on Comprehensive Implementation of Accessibility of Tourism for All.
Tourism Leader's Summit will include several panel discussions on timely issues and concerns for tourism as a whole. Dr. Rohantha Athukorala, Chairman Lanka Sathosa Limited/former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau will be chairing the panel Discussion on Comprehensive Implementation of Accessibility for the Community and Well-being, Raising Awareness, Tourism Promotion and Direction of Tourism Development.