Business Times

Develop professionally efficient workforce: new THASL president

Sri Lanka must develop a sufficient supply of a "professionally efficient" workforce to meet the expectations of international tourists, according to newly-appointed Tourist Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) President Anura Lokuhetty. This could be accomplished by strengthening the Ceylon Hotel School and other regional hotel schools, upgrading the Sri Lanka Institute of Hotel Management to a national university or even include tourism as a vocational subject in the country's school curriculum.

He also suggested that Sri Lankan professionals who had taken jobs abroad in the past be lured back. As to the harassment of tourists by locals, Mr. Lokuhetty said: “ As a strong believer of the expansion of tourism through positive community participation, I suggest that to help overcome this problem, we assist and aid community centres, therefore encouraging traditional markets in every resort enabling local people in their own area to sell their wares to the tourists.”

He said this will also give tourists the opportunity to mingle freely with locals without pressure. “This will not only curtail irregular sales activities and harassment on our beaches, but will positively promote integration between the local communities and tourists, and all parties shall benefit,” he added.
In addition, to counter a current, too high 30% electricity surcharge faced by hotels, he proposed a fairer alternative whereby a flat rate of 10% be charged for all the country's industries. Mr. Lokuhetty made these comments at an evening event which followed the Annual General Meetings of the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators and THASL held last week, where he was appointed as THASL President for the 2010/2011 period.

Top to the page  |  E-mail  |  views[1]
SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend
Other Business Times Articles
Colombo stocks gone wild
Chinese team visiting in July for Colombo South Harbour construction
Standard Chartered Bank hedging losses carried overseas
Hydraulic experts endorse feasibility of Galle Face commercial city
Encouraging hobbies among Sri Lankans
Census confirmed for 2011
Mixed reaction to the budget
Comment - Missiles over Sri Lanka
Feature - Managing Information Technology and security in a Cha (lle)nging world
Feature - National University System in jeopardy: State indifference towards academics
Link Samahan wins approval from Canadian market In 15th year of business
Anti piracy unit set up in CID
Entries for SLIM Brand Excellence 2010 open July 8
Government’s 2010 budget targets cannot be trusted: Econo
CMA for Sustainable Business amidst climate change
IMF disburses US$407.8 million, extends SBA for another year
Indo – Lanka FTA not up to expectations since a decade
Commercial Bank named Lanka’s best once again
Heritance Kandalama wins Best Five Star Resort for third year at Presidential awards
Order online at
Chamber’s CSR awards in November
Financial literacy is about knowing the basics
No action on hedging deals by AG, says Ameresekere
Defects of transitional shelter in post-war resettlement
Unilever helping with rehabilitation in the North
Golden Key depositors demand that authorities expedite repayment
Arpico Supercentre earns top brand honours
Virtusan Madurika Welivita honoured with Academic Excellence Award
Asian Shippers’ Council secretariat moves to Ceylon Chamber
MBSL records a revenue of over Rs.1 billion
Asha Phillip Securities to open new branch, plans to expand
Gerard Victoria, Head of Aviation at Hayleys
Drinking tea could boost food security : UN agency
Working poor and job-oriented growth
SL exports to be US$ 20 billion by 2020
Sri Lanka’s rubber market enters a promising path
Rajitha Kariyawasan appointed to Hayleys Board
LOLC to expand micro finance in North-East
Develop professionally efficient workforce: new THASL president
NDB Bank appoints Chrishanthi and Indrajit as COOs


Reproduction of articles permitted when used without any alterations to contents and a link to the source page.
© Copyright 2010 | Wijeya Newspapers Ltd.Colombo. Sri Lanka. All Rights Reserved.| Site best viewed in IE ver 6.0 @ 1024 x 768 resolution