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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2644

Hilfswerk Austria on tourism development in Sri Lankla

By Quintus Perera – Asian Tribune

Colombo, 08 June, ( Hilfswerk Austria, a non-profit, cross-denominational and non-party organization provides international humanitarian aid for victims of war and environmental disasters and long term development assistance in 32 countries.

The organization is affiliated with Osterreichishes Hilfswerk (Austrian Welfare Organization) with the basic idea of ‘Meeting Austria’, provides sustainable support to people in need for many years in a professional and unbureaucratic manner and directly onsite.

In Sri Lanka a tourism development project - a disaster relief project, specially focused on Tsunami rehabilitation has been undertaken. For Tsunami rehabilitation Hilfswerk has spent EUR 9,445,826. in 2005..

Under this comprehensive tourism development programme Hilfswerk undertakes to build capacity in the tourism educational sector in Sri Lanka and it now awards three scholarships to three graduates from the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management to follow a three year course in Hotel Management in Austria.

This year’s three scholarships were formally handed over to the three graduates by Arjuna Ranatunga, Deputy Minister of Tourism at a simple function held at the Sri Lanka Tourist Board Auditorium, last week.

In the tourism sector they are involved in the restructure of the industry, including the restructuring and up-dating of the old hotel school curriculum of five years to three year diploma course at Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) with the corporation of Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (ITH) Salzburg, Austria. This is the second set of scholarships awarded and the first three was awarded last year.

The ITH Austria programme includes Teacher training with the trainers from Austria, conduct Expert training programme, implementing a Quality Management System and updating the whole syllabus with new subject equivalent to the present trends
Hilfswerk also assists the conducting of training in the accommodation units of the Tourist board rest houses, to uplift the standards and to offer better service to the customers.

Another project will be with the Aitken Spence group to build a hotel school in Ahungalle.

With "Sarvodaya" assistance they would also cater to the demand for the concept of "Home Stay" , and accommodation units with the expertise training.

- Asian Tribune -

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