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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2553

Hilton Colombo offers 21 scholarships to locals

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 07 June, (Asiantribune.com): In their quest to help the local community Hilton Hotel Colombo offers 21 scholarships to the students of Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM), to further their professional knowledge.

William Costley, General Manager, Hilton Colombo at a special function congratulated the selected SLITHM students for their being selected for the scholarships as this is a very special career programme they are imparting. He stressed the value of education and experience in a field that is all about pleasing people.

He said that that the hotel has a long standing tradition of hiring students from the hotel school. He added, "It is your hard work and determination that will get you far in this field. We at the Hilton Colombo firmly believe in supporting students and newcomers who are passionate about this line of work."The 21 students who won Hilton Colombo scholarships with Hilton General Manager, William Costley and other staff.The 21 students who won Hilton Colombo scholarships with Hilton General Manager, William Costley and other staff.

Out of the 21 students 18 were selected for a five month certificate course combined with a six month work experience programme at the Hilton Colombo while the other three will receive a three year management programme to gain work experience at Hilton. These students are selected from SLITHM satellite shools in Kandy, Bandarawela, Anuradhapura, Koggala and Colombo.

Ruwan Punchihewa, Director, Human Resources, Hilton said that following their Industry training period at the hotel, there is a possibility for the students to be absorbed as permanent members of the Hilton Colombo family.

The special significance of selecting exactly 21 students is to coincide with its 21st anniversary and in marking this anniversary there has been a host of events that is continuing at Hilton Colombo.

In marking this milestone, Hilton Colombo has planned a number of events – that continues to occur monthly since September 2007 – including the sizzling "21 hour Latino Carnival", the "2100 Kg of Kottu promotion," and the "Carols for Charity" concert. A number of other special events have also conducted since January this year, including the gifting of hampers to the first 21 babies born at the Castle Street Maternity Hospital this year.

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