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International tourism leaders confab in Colombo

The International Tourism Leaders’ Summit (ITLS) and International Tourism Research Conference (ITRC) will be held at the BMICH on September 28.

It is being organised by students of the Tourism Study Programs and the Alumni Association of Tourism Economics and Hospitality Management (AATHEM), Department of Economics, University of Colombo and the Sri Lanka Ministry of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs.

The UN-WTO World Tourism Day - 2019 on the theme of ‘Tourism and Jobs -A better future for all’ will also be celebrated on this day. Several panel discussions are expected to be held with the participation of eminent resource personnel representing UNWTO, ILO, Industry Associations and other related organizations nationally and internationally.

The major objective of TLS and ITRC is to create a constructive and meaningful dialogue on Global Best Practices in Travel, Tourism and Hospitality Management with the key stakeholders, industry experts, academia and researchers with the aim of analytically exploring the strategies and policy measures to elevate Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.

The International Tourism Leaders’ Summit (ITLS) and International Tourism Research Conference (ITRC) are mainly focusing on the ‘Sustainable Development Goals’ (SDGS) in the global Arena. It tries to emphasize the Journey to 2030 in alignment with the United Nations’ targets.

The conference will serve as a Tourism Knowledge, Innovation,Policy and Synergy platform bringing together Diplomats , International Organisations, Policy Makers, relevant Ministries, Cooperate Sector, Investors and the tourism and hospitality business sectors from among the local, regional and global tourism stakeholders, to determine the way forward for sustainable tourism development in Sri Lanka.

UN Resident Coordinator, United Nations Sri Lanka, Hanaa Singer will be the chief guest and Head, Revenue Operations Jumeirah Group Vladan Pantelic will deliver the keynote speech on ‘Sentiment Analysis and Reputation Management’.