Griffith brings skills, knowledge and sustainability to Sri Lankan tourism

Australian High Commission First Secretary (Development) Dr. Thomas Davis and Professor Noel Scott, Griffith University, with participants in the Australia Awards Sustainable Tourism Short Course.

A group of representatives from Sri Lanka’s tourism sector have completed their post-course workshop to conclude an Australia Awards Short Course on Sustainable Tourism Development.

This third and final component of the Short Course ran for five days earlier this month, and is designed to develop the participants’ capacity to deliver various services for, and within, Sri Lanka’s tourism sector.

The Short Course participants hold various positions in Sri Lanka’s tourism sector, including senior officials from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority and the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, under the Ministry of Tourism Development and Christian Religious Affairs.

Chief executives, directors and managers of reputed tourism institutions in the country were also among the attending ranks, including the CEO of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management.

This Australia Awards Short Course for South and West Asia was funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

Australia Awards are prestigious international scholarships, fellowships and short courses that offer the next generation of global leaders an opportunity to undertake short-term study, research and professional development opportunities in support of key development and foreign affairs priorities.

The course was delivered through Griffith University’s International Business Development Unit in coordination with Griffith University’s Institute for Tourism (GIFT) and the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC).

With a pre-course workshop held in February 2018 and an Australian study tour taking place in March, the participants attended the final component of the Short Course from 18-22 June, emerging with enhanced understanding and capabilities related to their work in the tourism sector.

During the course’s third component, participants developed Return to Work Plans. Such plans are structured activity plans developed by Australia Awards Short Course recipients to describe how they will apply their newly acquired skills and knowledge to a specific project or set of activities.

Aligning with the core focus of the Sri Lanka Tourism Strategic Plan 2017-2020, the Short Course was developed to help build and better distribute the economic benefits of Sri Lanka’s tourism sector by providing key teachings to industry professionals.

It is expected that through the Short Course lessons and experiences, representatives will take their newfound knowledge of tourism management and coordination to further enhance Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, including boosting employment opportunities for the country.

Australia Awards Short Course opportunities such as this are designed to build valuable people-to-people links both within Australia and the Indo-Pacific region, enabling mid-career professionals and emerging leaders to tap into Australian expertise, gaining valuable skills and knowledge.

To find out more about Australia Awards, visit its website.

Australia Awards in South and West Asia is implemented by Scope Global on behalf of the Australian Government.