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DateLine Sunday, 19 August 2007

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RTP launches LINC project

The Responsible Tourism Partnership (RTP) launched the LINC project in association with the Bentota-Beruwela Hotels Association.

LINC which means Learning, Involving and Nurturing Community is all about minimising the hassle to tourists and offering a cultural exchange, providing opportunities for visitors to learn about local cultures and traditions and to share experiences.

The new initiative was introduced at the Riverina Hotel on Friday. The Chief Executive of the U K based Travel Foundation Ms. Sue Hurdle in her video message on behalf of the Travel Foundation members in the tourism industry in the UK said the Travel Foundation is very happy to be part of this very special occasion.

When we started the Responsible Tourism Partnership almost two years ago, we had various consultations with lots of people and some said the 'Beach Boy' problem is so bad it can't be resolved. I am delighted that our program had the courage to take up this huge challenge.

We have clearly helped demonstrate that things can be changed for the better if we all work together helping each other. Today after six months training, Riverina Beach Community Tourism Operators are being recognised. This is surely a great way of caring for local communities whilst ensuring that your visitors have enjoyable holidays free of hassle".

She said, "We would like to see more and more British tourists visiting your beautiful destination to have wonderful holidays full of fond memories and at the same time we want them to give something back and make a truly positive contribution to your country and your people".

Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourist Board, President, Tourist Hotels Associations, Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour operators, representatives from the Confifi Group of Hotels, National Guide Lecturers Association and other organisations and individuals representing the tourism industry were present.

This day marked the achievements of the program and completion of six months training of 72 community beach operators and the awarding of certificates.

Riverina Hotel staff too received certificates.

Co-Chairman, Kalutara District Coordinating Committee was the Chief Guest.

 

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