Sri Lanka to set up hotel school in Jaffna

An aircraft lands at the Jaffna International Airport, which was opened in October 2019 and promises to push the tourism frontiers in Jaffna.

ECONOMYNEXT- The Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management (SLITHM), a state-run hotel school, is looking to establish a branch in the northern district of Jaffna, the country’s tourism regulator said.

A Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) statement said that with the opening of the Jaffna International Airport, the region will attract more tourists, and discussions were held to set up a hotel school to increase the number of trained tourism professionals in the northern districts.

Currently, there is a temporary training centre operated by the SLITHM in Jaffna offering apprenticeship courses, according to the hotel school website.

There are seven SLITHM provincial colleges across the island, mainly offering apprentice, certificate and craft level training, while the main hotel school in Colombo also offers more advanced and managerial courses.

The SLTDA statement said that it will be launching awareness campaigns on attractions of the northern area to boost tourism to the region and attract investors.

“The opening of the Jaffna International Airport not only eases accessibility for domestic and international visitors to the Northern part but also opens up new opportunities for investors in the Jaffna Peninsula,” SLTDA Director General Upali Ratnayake said.

At a time when the SLTDA is focusing on developing infrastructure for tourism in this area, we would like to extend a cordial invitation to interested investors to invest in the region,” he said.

Mahen Kariyawasam, President of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators, said that the Jaffna International Airport will pave the way for Indian tourist traffic to the Northern Province, where there are many attractions, including religious sites.

The airport was opened on October 17, and can handle turbo-prop aircraft of up to 75-seats. (Colombo/Oct25/2019)

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