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Vision
The "Simple Life with Middle Path" will be instrumental to create more responsible and sustainable tourism development by providing right opportunity to integrate other major types of tourism development such as Agro tourism, Rural Tourism, Wellness Tourism etc as complementary tourist attractions to Buddhist Tourism of the country. In addition to Provide an opportunity to affiliate with international Buddhist Tourism operators that can improve the networks and integration with the regional Buddhist and Religious Tourism operators/agents centering Sri Lanka as a hub. This conference will be the first ever International conference on Buddhist Tourism in Sri Lanka.



Objectives

The major objective of the Conference is to explore the possible strategies to promote Buddhist Tourism in Sri Lanka as a new niche market segment by capitalizing comparative and competitive advantages belonging with Sri Lanka as a Buddhist Tourist Destination in the world.

In addition, following specific objectives are to achieve from this first ever Buddhist Tourism Conference in Sri Lanka:

  • To identify the potential and future prospects of promoting Buddhist Tourism in Sri Lanka
  • To explore the possible strategies, strategic approaches and policy measures to tap the potential to make Sri Lanka as a one of the most sought after Buddhist Tourist Destinations in the world.
  • To strengthen the travel and tourism business networks of Sri Lanka with global religious tourism operations
  • Develop other Religious Tourism Practices along with Buddhist Tourism while ensuring a more inclusive, more socio-culturally and environmentally responsible tourism development.

To Whom

Approximately 150 participants from the travel & tourism industry, tourism practitioners, researchers, academics, diplomatic representatives, foreign university students, media personnel, local community and students of the Tourism Study Programmes of Masters, Postgraduate, Executive Diploma, Diploma and Certificate Level conducted by the Department of Economics, University of Colombo and also National and International Universities/Academic Institutions.

Expected Corporate and Industry Partners for the Conference

a) Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian religious affairs
b) Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA)
c) Sri Lanka Tourism Conventions Bureau
d) Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau
e) Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO)
f) Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL)
g) Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka (ASMET)
h) Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka (TAASL)
i) Sri Lankan Airlines
j) Key Cooperate Sector Organizations



Partnerships for Buddhist Tourism Conference

Key Strategic Partner – Sri Lanka Tourism (SLTDA, SLTPB, SLCB) International Partner: International Buddhist Centre, India Expected Academic Contribution from Foreign Universities:

a) Taylor’ University (Malaysia)
b) National Institute of Development Administration (Thailand)
c) Naresuan University (Thailand)
d) Korea University (Korea)
e) University of Ryukyus (Japan)
f) Tianjin Polytechnic University (China)
g) Vietnam National University (Vietnam)
h) Indian Institute of Travel and Tourism Management (India)
i) Indira Gandhi University (India)
j) Bhutan International School of Hospitality and Tourism (Bhutan)
k) Vrije University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)
l) Universite Toulouse (France)
m) Northern Arizona University (USA)
n) Mid-Sweden University (Sweden)
o) University of the West of England (UK)
p) Wakayama University (Japan)
q) Monash University (Australia)
r) Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (United Arab Emirates)
s) European University of Tourism (Italy)



Who can attend IBTS ?

IBTS is a summit open to travel and tourism industry professionals, related professionals and academics around the globe who wish to gain a sound knowledge about the potential of Buddhist Tourism and share their knowledge and ideas while experiencing the IBTS in Sri Lanka which is an iconic Buddhist Tourism Destination in the world.

Thus, we cordially invite all Tourism Practitioners, Researchers, Diplomatic Representatives, Foreign University Students, Media Personnel, Local Community and Students of the Tourism Study Programmes of Master’s, Postgraduate, Executive Diploma, Diploma and Certificate Level conducted by the Department of Economics, University of Colombo and also Representatives of National and International Universities as well as Academic Institutions to witness the IBTS 2018.


What would you witness at the IBTS 2018 ?

The International Buddhist Tourism Summit is an event which comprises eminent guest speakers from around the world who would be presenting numerous topics related to Buddhist Tourism along with discussions and an opportunity for participants to express their valuable facts and learnings related to Buddhist Tourism at the IBTS 2018.

IBTS is the first ever summit to be organized on its topic thus being a gateway to new ideas and findings to be incorporated on the subject, with immense value addition in taking forward buddhist tourism in wide spectrum throughout the world.



Call for peppers

We warmly welcome all valuable academic participants from Sri Lankan Universities and International Universities to share with us your learnings and findings identified by your immense knowledge gathered in a wide spectrum of tourism related areas by submitting your research finding articles with regard to Buddhist Tourism at the International Buddhist Tourism Summit, graced by the presence of an eminent panel of both Sri Lankan and International Professors.

Theme – 2018

Integration of Global Value Chains for Sustainable Tourism Development: Inclusiveness, Coopetition and Innovation

  • (1). Changing Dimensions of Contemporary Tourism
  • (2). Creative Tourism and Destination Marketing
  • (3). Innovative Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Tourism Development
  • (4). Responsible Consumption and Green Tourism
  • (5). Tourism Power, Conflict and Resilient Building
  • (6). Technology, Social Media and Future of Tourism
  • (7). Partnership, Sharing and MICE Tourism
  • (8). Social Inclusiveness and Poor-Tourism Development
  • (9). Tourism Leadership and Human Resource Management
  • (10). Sustainable Island Tourism and Product Diversification



What we do at the International Buddhist Tourism Summit 2018

The IBTS 2018, comprises various Buddhist Tourism related topics being discussed by our panel of Professors on related topics.

The topics for discussion will be focused on the pearl of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka as a Buddhist tourist’s attraction Centre. This would give an insight of how other countries could develop Buddhist Tourism.

The other topics that would be discussed will be focused on some of the best Buddhist Tourism practices in a global context followed by A simple life and middle path for Responsible Religious Tourism Development and a discussion which would also be a guideline to Code of ethics and Network Development for International Buddhist Tourism.

All these discussions would be supported by the opportunity given to participants to share their thought and have a direct VIVA with the panelists.



Call for best Buddhist Tourism Packages and video trails

Giving equal opportunity to both academics and Tourism and Travel Industry Professionals we request a unique Buddhist Tourism Package to be compiled in order to promote Buddhist Tourism in Sri Lanka comprising in detail captions along with video trails to compliment your tour package.

We believe the travel industry is vital in giving the guest an array of options comprising various types of tourism available in a country as well as to choose the best tour package to give a unique experience.

Thus we give all Travel Professionals an open invitation to send in your package details in order to select the best Buddhist Tourism Package at the IBTS 2018.



Conference Contact Details

Sampath Siriwardena Tourism Study Programs
Department of Economics
University of Colombo
Mob : 0773131208
Email : rssiriwardena@gmail.com



International Speakers : Sharing the Best Practices at IBTS 2018

The IBTS 2018 is a global platform which consists the eminent participation of Professors from Sri Lankan and International Universities from India, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Bangladesh, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Indonesia, United States of America, Malaysia, China, Australia, Nepal, Vietnam and Taiwan who have immense academic experience and knowledge in the field of Tourism with expertise in research findings.


Ridee Vihiraya - Silver Temple

The Ridee Viharaya as the name suggests of “Ridee” meaning Silver, Thus is a Silver Monastery situated in the village of Rideegama in the North Western Province, about 21 miles away from the City of Kurunegala in Sri Lanka. This monastery is well known and treasured for the Sinhala Arts, Wall Paintings, Architecture, unique Ivory carvings,wood and metal work. Many of the remains belong to the late medieval era in Sri Lanka’s history that is reckoned to be the Kandyan period. (1592-1815)

One of the many unique aspects about Ridee Viharaya is that for the last two hundred and fifty years, three of its high prelates have become the Supreme Heads or Mahanayakas of the Malwatta Chapter of the Siyam Nikaya.

None who travel to the ancient city of Anuradahapura would miss visiting this spectacular ancient buddhist temple which is rich in its spectacular sights of rocks, cave temples which are undamaged and well protected.

As the architectural work found here belongs to the Kandyan Period these temples were pronmoted and named as Raja Maha Vihara meaning Great Royal Temple during the Kandyan Kingdom.

Ridivihahar which is a cave temple with many caves around its vicinity is an place where buddhist monks lived two hundred years ago. They are the great people who had converted the natural settings of the area to suit their monastic life and practicing meditation. Early records show that there had been over five hundred Arahant Bhikkus living inthese cave temples and practicing meditation.