Tourism: Ready, steady … no go! “The tourism sector seems to have got messed up with marching orders being given to Udaya Nanayakkara,” TKA said, picking up from Thursday where we discussed the Sri Lanka Tourism chief’s ‘dismissal’ from his post by Tourism Minister John Amaratunga. He was Tourism Chief in 2005 when the new Tourism Act was approved by Parliament. For example it first deals with development (Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority — SLTDA), then the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) in chapter 6 followed by the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) in chapter 7 and thereafter the Sri Lankan Convention Bureau in chapter 8. There are too many cooks today – three separate committees looking at tourism promotion and development apart from the institutions under the Tourism Act, in addition to several local and foreign consultants.
Source: Sunday Times January 13, 2018 19:18 UTC