The multi stakeholder consultation organised by the Centre for Poverty Analysis (CEPA) in collaboration with academic institutes and industry partners will bring together industry regulators, policy makers, hoteliers, multi-lateral/bi-lateral agencies, industry related associations, academics and civil society organisations. The Minister for Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs, Hon. John Amaratunga, MP will deliver the keynote address while the High Commissioner of Canada, Her Excellency Shelley Whiting and Mr. Paddy Withana, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) will attend as Chief Guest and Guest of Honour respectively.
Key actors in the industry Mr. Krishan Balendra (President, Leisure Industry Group - John Keells Group), Mr. Malraj Kiriella (Director General, SLTDA), Dr. Vinya Ariyaratne (General Secretary, Sarvodaya) and Dr. Suranga Silva (Senior Lecturer, Dept. of Economics, University of Colombo) will provide insights on ‘Moving On: An agenda for research, policy and capacity building’ at a panel discussion chaired by Mr. Murtaza Esufally (Chairperson, CEPA; Director, Hemas Holdings PLC; Chairman, Hemas Hospitals Pvt. Ltd).
Since new avenues for economic development opened up following the end of the war, CEPA has taken a special interest in scrutinising the tourism industry from the perspectives of poverty and environment. CEPA has focused on the potential and limits of addressing poverty through tourism and its related sub industries as well as examining the conceptualisation and implementation of eco-tourism projects. Recently CEPA looked at the implications of post war tourism and whether it benefits or excludes the local communities.