Every year the World Tourism Day celebration is on 27th September. The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) declared 2017 as the “International year of the sustainable tourism for development”. Tourism is the 3rd largest industry in the world today. In Sri Lanka 3rd largest contribution to the national income given by the tourism industry. The rapid growth has been observed over the past five years. Tourist arrivals have been unprecedented growth in 2016 for the first time & recorded over two million international tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka. Generating an estimated revenue of US $ 3.5 billion.
In this year main function of the tourism day was held at Arcade Colombo 07. The chief guest of the ceremony Hon. John Amarathunga, Minister of Tourism & Christian religious affairs. The five programs have been included in the main ceremonyat Arcade Independence Square.
01. Exhibition was held on “Sustainable Tourism” (All tourism provincial councils were participatedin the exhibition).
02. Photography exhibition based on “Adaraniya Sri Lanka” Rupavahini Program 2017.
03. Published three books on lesser known tourism attraction in Western, Southern, Central provinces.
04. Awarded certificates & gift vouchers to the winners of island wide essay competition.
05. Hand overed certifications to tourism friendly hotels in Colombo district.
In addition to all the nine provincial councils Tourism Ministries and Authorities were celebratedworld Tourism Day in regional basis in 2017.
World Tourism Day main function at Arcade
Handover certificate – essay competition
Exhibition – "Adaraniya Sri Lanka"
“Tourism Leaders’ Summit & International Research Symposium” – 2017
The Alumini Association of Tourism Economy &Hospitality Management & the Department of Economics - University of Colombo along with Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority organized Tourism Leaders’ Summit & Symposium at BMICH Colombo on 3rd – 4th October 2017. The Chief guest of the summit was Hon. President Maithripala Sirisena. Hon. John Amarathunga, Minister of Tourism & Christian Religious Affairs was participated in the seminar. Nearly 1500 industry related public&private officers participatedthe seminar & Symposium.The program was very success.
opening ceremony of the World Leaders Summit
Awarded the persons who made an icon to the Tourism industry
Other Programs / private sector
Aitken Spence Travels named Tourism best practices with communities
Aitken Spence Travels along with the staff of Turya Hotel in Kalutara & the local community was held an environment & professional empowerment program in Kalutara. SLTDA officers also participated in the above event.
Beach Cleaning / community work at Kalutara
Sponsoring an awareness campaign with the three wheels in order to celebrate World Tourism Day 27th September 2017
The travel company NKAR Travel (pvt) Ltd. along with SLTDA conducted programs on educating the three-wheeler owners, drivers to gain long-term benefits from tourists rather than looking at immediate short-term gains. The tourist drivers were informed to do the following,
01. Avoid reckless driving
02. Never overcharge from passengers
03. To avoid sexual harassments
04. Never to use drugs
05. Friendly, to be listen & polite to the passengers
Nearly 1500 three-wheelers in Colombo city participated in this event.
Tuk Tuk drivers were benefited from this program &they are willing to join with the next programs too.
Tuk Tuk drivers program 2017/09/27