Australian support for professional tourism skills development in Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – The Australian government has helped train mid-career professionals in Sri Lanka’s state and corporate tourism sector on sustainable tourism development.

The training for 25 representatives from government departments and tourism companies involved workshops in Colombo in February and June and a ten-day study tour to Queensland in March. 

An Australian High Commission statement said the training was for senior officials from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management and officials from a wide range of tourism institutions.

It was under the Australian Awards Short Course on Sustainable Tourism Development and funded by the Australian government.

The course was delivered through Griffith University’s International Business Development Unit in coordination with Griffith University’s Institute for Tourism (GIFT) and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

First Secretary (Development) of the Australian High Commission, Thomas Davis, said the course has equipped participants with both the theory and practice to contribute to the implementation of Sri Lanka’s Tourism Strategic Plan2017 – 2020.

He said that “tourism is a key sector for Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s development work in Sri Lanka”.

“Aligning with the core focus of the Sri Lanka Tourism Strategic Plan 2017 – 2020, the Short Course was developed to improve the economic benefits of Sri Lanka’s tourism sector by providing key technical knowhow to industry professionals,” the statement said. 
(COLOMBO, June 25, 2018)

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