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“Inaugurated in 1966, today we have earned local and global recognition as the premier institute for hospitality and tourism management education in Sri Lanka and the region. It has produced leaders for employment in the industry not only nationally but also internationally. We have been the backbone of the hospitality industry of Sri Lanka from its infancy, producing the required professional human resources for the hospitality industry.”
Dissanayake also spoke about the immediate requirements of the industry.
“With the hospitality industry estimating nearly 110,000 new direct employees by 2020 to serve Sri Lanka’s growing visitor base, last year alone 5485 students of SLITHM joined the industry of which 88 were graduates. This year the planned output is 7240 of whom 90 are graduates. All of them have already found employment in the industry,” he said.
“To cater to the industry manpower requirements we have expanded our reach by establishing new colleges to attract young students into the industry and train unemployed youth in rural and suburban areas. We have launched a structured public awareness programme for career choices. This is to develop our supply chain to create interest among school leavers to join the hospitality and tourism industries,” Dissanayake further explained.
A significant feature of the ceremony was the official launch of the school anthem, 52 years after it began operations. The new anthem was well received by the audience.
Director General, SLITHM, Buddhika Hewawasam spoke on the importance of international certification.
“With growing demand for high quality human resources in tourism and hospitality, SLITHM has identified the need to obtain international certification. We have set benchmarks for all hotel training institutes by specifying international standards and we will strive for excellence while continuously upgrading ourselves. Our aim is to stand out as a centre of excellence in the region and one that produces hoteliers who have the potential to excel in the global tourism industry,” said Hewawasam.
Meanwhile the top two awards for graduation year 2017, namely the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association Trophy for the Most Outstanding Student in the Three Year Management Diploma was presented to Ms. P.S.V. Senasinghe, while the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates’ Association Trophy for the Most Outstanding Graduate was awarded to Ms. B. Rengaswamy.