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About Us

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About Us

SLTDA is the official government institution tasked with regularising the tourism industry in the country, while establishing, positioning, and developing Sri Lanka as a leading destination for international visitors. SLTDA is responsible for tapping into Sri Lanka's natural potential to expand and enhance its tourism offering while benefiting investors and supporting communities, in a sustainable manner.

The Board

Ms. Kimarli Fernando
Chairperson

Sri Lanka Tourism

80, Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.

chairman@srilanka.travel

+94 112 426 800

Ms. Dhammika Wijayasinghe
Director General

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

80, Galle Road, Colombo 03, Sri Lanka.

dg@srilanka.travel

Mr. Thilak Weerasinghe
Managing Director

Lanka Sportrizen

No. 29B, S.D.S Jayasinghe Mawatha, Kalubowila, Dehiwala.

lsrtilak@sltnet.lk

Mr. M. Shanthi Kumar
Director / Strategic Planning & Development

Ramada-Colombo

Sir Mohamed Macan Markar Mawatha, Colombo 03.

shanthi@ramadacolombo.com

+94 112 422 001

Mr. Channe Wijemanne
Director / Chief Executive Officer

George Steuart Travels Ltd.

Ground Floor, No. 439, Galle Road, Colombo 03.

channe@gstravels.lk

Mr. Ishan Jayasekara
Virtusa Pvt Ltd

752, Dr Danister De Silva Mawatha, Colombo 00900

jayasekaraishan@gmail.com

Mr. R.M.W.S Samaradiwakara
Additional Secretary

Ministry of Tourism

6th Floor, Rakshana Mandiraya, No 21, Vauxhall Street, Colombo 02.

waruna001@gmail.com

Mr. P. S. P. Abeywardhana
Additional Secretary to the Ministry of Public Administration, Home Affairs, Provincial Councils and Local Government.

Independance Square, Colombo 07,

+94 11 2696211-13

Mrs. Anoma Nandani
Additional Director General

Finance Ministry

Department of National Budget, Finance Ministry.

anomanandani@gmail.com

Directors

Ms. Tharanga Rupasinghe
Director / Standards & Quality Assuarance

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

No. 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03.

tharangar@srilanka.travel

+94 112 437057 | +94 112 426946

Mr. Chandana Wijeratne
Director / Resort Management

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

No. 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03

chandana@srilanka.travel

+94 112 440006

Mr. Chinthaka Abeykoon
Director / Information & Communication Technologies

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

No. 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03.

chinthaka.a@srilanka.travel

+94 112 426 800

Dr. Prasad Jayasuriya
Director / Tourism Planning, Development & IRU

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

No. 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03.

prasadj@srilanka.travel

+94 112 437062

Mr. M.U Liyanarachchi
Director / Human Resource & Premises Management

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

No. 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03.

mihira@srilanka.travel

+94 112 423120

Mr. Sampath Ganepalaarachchi
Director / Finance Management

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

No. 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03.

sampathk@srilanka.travel

+94 112 437063

Mr. Upali Ratnayake
Director/Domestic Tourism & Community Relations

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority No. 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03.

upalir@srilanka.travel

+94 0112 329000

Mr. Udana Wickramasinghe
Director / Research & International Relations

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

No. 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03.

udana@srilanka.travel

+94 112 544534

Ms. Inoka Punchihewa
Deputy Director / Legal

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

No. 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03.

inoka@srilanka.travel

+94 112 426900

Ms. K.M Naheem
Assistant Director / Internal Audit

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

No. 80, Galle Road, Colombo 03.

karthiv@srilanka.travel

+94 112 426900

History

In 1966, the Government of Sri Lanka decided to develop tourism in a planned and systematic manner, after identifying the need to set up an institutional framework. The Ceylon Tourist Board, (created by the Ceylon Tourist Board Act No. 10 of 1966.) and the Ceylon Hotels Corporation, (created by Ceylon Hotels Corporation Act of 1966.) were set up to enable this.

Tourism Act

The Tourism Act No 38 of 2005 came into effect in October 2007, replacing the Sri Lanka Tourist Board Act No 10 of 1966, which was in effect for the past 41 years. In terms of the provisions contained in the new act, the Tourism Development Fund was legally constituted, with 2 main sources, (1/3rd of the Airport Tax collections and 1% of the Turnover of all Sri Lanka Tourist Board registered establishments.) contributing finances to the fund.

The Act provided for the setting up of the Sri Lanka Tourism development Authority, thereby replacing the Sri Lanka Tourist Board. The Tourism Promotion Bureau was set up to manage Marketing and Promotion.

Tourism HRD functions and the Hotels School operations are currently undertaken by the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management. The Sri Lanka Convention Bureau was also restructured as a statutory body like other Institutions to be managed by an independent Board of Management.



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