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SLITHM moves to ‘own home’ in Colombo, Jaffna

A Canadian instrutructor at SLITHM
A Canadian instrutructor at SLITHM

Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management (SLITHM), would be moving to their ‘own home’ in Colombo, Batticaloa and Jaffna soon in a bid to increase their intake.

Though there are several government and private tourism skill management schools and institutions, the lack of trained staff for the hospitality industry, is major issue today. “To meet this demand, the SLITHM would be expanding and would be moving to larger premises in Colombo soon. In both Jaffna and Batticaloa, we are in rented places and we are also looking to establish SLITHM in a larger area,” said SLITHM, Assistance Director Marketing, Sagara Kulasingha. SLITHM is the only Government approved institute in Sri Lanka, which was established by the Government in 1964, to train young men and women in the complex field of Hospitality and Travel Industry. The conversion of Ceylon Hotel School into the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hospitality Management, was carried out under the 2005 Tourism Act and it has presently come under the Ministry of Tourism Development. Further, in order to facilitate students island-wide, provincial schools have been set up in Anuradhapura, Bandarawela, Pallekelle, Koggala, Ratnapura, Kurunegala and Pasikudah and later in Jaffna and Batticaloa.

He said that they offer numerous courses leading to Diplomas and their current student population is around 10,000. After completing around 70% of the course, students are provided on the job training facilities in four star plus hotels. This ensures that the student not only receive a quality education, but also permanent employment.

He said after the Easter Sunday blasts, the SLITHM also managed to send around 40 students for overseas ‘on the job training,’ due to tourism at a low in Sri Lanka.

“Whenever we advertised for fresh courses, there is always a 45% additional demand which we cannot cope up with. The solution for this is expanding our current schools and also opening new schools. We are awaiting some Tourism Development Levy funds from the Ministry for our expansions.”

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