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Sri Lanka PM delays board appointments of tourism agencies

ECONOMYNEXT – Planned new appointments to the boards of  Sri Lanka’s state tourism agencies were delayed Tuesday pending approval of Prime Minister Ranil Wickramasinghe, a minister said.

"The President had approved the appointments," Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga said.

"However, Prime Minister said he also has to approve."

Amaratunga said the list of names had been sent to the Prime Minister’s office, and approval is expected within the next day or two.

Former Chevron Lanka Managing Director Kishu Gomes was set to receive his appointment as the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) at a ceremony schedule for 11 am on Tuesday.

Tourism industry veteran Ranjit de Silva was to be appointed as Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, and Dilip De Silva as Chairman of Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Hotel School).

The ceremony was however postponed suddenly.

Appointments had been delayed as President Maithripala Sirisena in November had brought in a process to vet all appointments to boards of state institutions.

Without a permanent board at the SLTPB, the country’s main tourism promotions campaign has been delayed.

Senior public servants have been holding the chairperson posts at the three tourism offices in an acting capacity after the incumbents resigned in October amid a political crisis created by President Sirisena. (Colombo/Jan29/2018)






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