Sustainable tourism development from a South-Asian perspective
An eturbonews contributor from Sri Lanka, conducted a seminar on Sustainable Tourism Development from a South-Asian Perspective.
Srilal Miththapala, a regular eturbonews contributor from Sri Lanka, conducted a short seminar at the Monash University, Caulfield campus in Melbourne, on “Sustainable Tourism Development from a South-Asian Perspective – A Sri Lanka Case Study.” The seminar was presented by the Graduate Tourism Program, School of Languages, Literatures, Cultures and Linguistics and the Faculty of Arts, Monash University & the Monash Asia Institute.
Srilal first gave an introduction and overview of tourism in the South-Asian region, highlighting the different strategies utilized by countries of the region to promote tourism.
He then outlined Sri Lanka’s post war tourism boom and the focus on more sustainable products and services development that was now taking place. He drew upon his experience as Project Director of the very successful Ceylon Chamber of Commerce-led, EU-sponsored SWITCH ASIA Greening Sri Lanka Hotels project, and the work he continues to do with sustainable tourism development in Sri Lanka.
The appreciative audience consisted of faculty and students from different ranges of study fields and the program ended with a Q & A session.
Over the years, Srilal has been a strong crusader of implementing Sustainable Consumption Practices (SCP) in Sri Lankan hotels, and he is still involved in consultancy and training, as well as creating awareness of sustainability in tourism.