TUI said planning to expand operations in Sri Lanka
Mar 13, 2017 16:30 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)
ECONOMYNEXT – German tour operator TUI AG, one of the largest outbound tour operators in Europe, has said it wants to expand operations in Sri Lanka and help with hospitality training, the Ministry of Tourism Development said.
“TUI revealed these plans during a discussion between Minister of Tourism Development, Lands and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga and top board members of the group that included CEO David Burling and Managing Director Garry Wilson in Germany last week,” a statement said.
Amaratunga said tourism is expected to play a major role in Sri Lanka’s economy and asked TUI to focus on promoting Sri Lanka as a high end tourist destination, it said.
It also quoted Amaratunga as asking TUI to consider the north and east, the former war zone, when expanding their operations in the country in order to provide more economic opportunities for youth in the region.
“Managing Director TUI Group Garry Wilson said that TUI was contemplating using Sri Lanka as a hub in the Indian Ocean region in order to service other regional destinations,” the ministry statement said.
TUI agreed to collaborate with the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (formerly Ceylon Hotel School) by providing financial assistance as well trained German professionals to develop both curricula and training facilities, it said.
“Under the proposed training program, trainees will receive internationally recognized certificates and language training, making them globally employable.”
Identified satellite schools of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management will be developed with TUI’s assistance.
Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism, Paddy Withana, said that the German government was instrumental in initiating training programmes for Sri Lankan youth in the hospitality industry as early as the 1960s.
He recalled that many of those who benefited from such training programmes have gone on to become top managers in leading hotels both in Sri Lanka and overseas.
(COLOMBO, March 13, 2017)