MoU to meet needs of hospitality industry
Hilfswerk Austria together with the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism
and Hotel Management (SLITHM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU)
to upgrade the syllabus to cater to the present needs of the hospitality
According to the MoU the curriculum of the five-year diploma was
changed to a three-year Hotel Management Diploma considering the needs
of the international hospitality trade with expert knowledge from the
Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (ITH) in Salzburg, Austria,
considered to be one of the best schools in the world to provide
training in tourism and hotel management.
The subjects included in the curriculum are food and beverages, Wine
studies, project management, business management, Intercultural
Communication and management, Front office restaurant and management,
Sustainable tourism Management, web designing and internet marketing.
The new diploma course was inaugurated in 2006 and the second batch of
students has also been recruited.
Expert training programs were conducted for the Lecturers of SLITHM
in, Web Marketing which were conducted by the Dean of ITH Leo W"erndl in
June this year, and the Food and Beverage section by Gunther Lohnert (ITH)
in June, for 30 participants.
Teacher training and pedagogic training sessions were conducted in
2005 and again in 2007 for 30 lecturers of SLITHM, by Ms Maria Weisinger,
Wilson Lawrence and Hans-peter Gottein.
Hilfswerk provided six Scholarships to Hotel school graduates who had
already completed the nine-month Teacher Training program in Salzburg
(2006/2007) and are now working as lecturers at the SLITHM.
A Quality Management System (QMS) was introduced to the SLITHM in
collaboration with ITH Austria. Three people followed a week's training
in Austria in (2005). The QMS will be implemented in October this year,
said Project Manager, Tourism Hilfswerk Austria, Sandamala Wickremaratne.
Hilfswerk Austria is one of Austria's biggest organisations for
development cooperation, humanitarian aid and cooperation with Eastern
Europe. Hilfswerk has 29 offices including Sri Lanka. In Sri Lanka they
are involved in tourism projects and helping people affected by the
New Destination Social Responsibility Project
The Sri Lanka Tourist Board unveiled plans for a new and exciting
project designed to raise Sri Lanka's profile as a destination, offering
a socially and environmentally responsible tourism.
Outlining the rationale behind the 'Sri Lanka Tourism's Social
Responsibility Service Project', Chairman of the Tourist Board Renton de
Alwis said that today's brands needed to ensure they meet the highest
ethical and environmental standards to stay competitive.
"The new plan is designed to bring greater numbers of socially and
environmentally-aware tourists to Sri Lanka and to enhance their holiday
experience while here," he said.
Local communities are the focus of the new plan and a key objective
is building community support in the development of tourism. To this
end, the plan aims to link communities with tourism activities to ensure
that the benefits from tourism actually contributes towards sustainable
Visitors to Sri Lanka will be able to take part in a community
service project in one of five broad areas - carbon off-setting, child
welfare, animal welfare, peace education, and facilitation for the
differently abled. In doing so, they will be able to have the
satisfaction of being involved in a worthy cause while on holiday.
Emirates to test A380 in Dubai
Marking its first step in the gradual build-up towards becoming the
world's largest operator of the A380 super-jumbo, Emirates Airline,
customer of 55 of the 173 aircraft ordered and committed thus far, is
gearing up to jointly conduct hot weather operability tests with Airbus
on the aircraft in Dubai, starting August 15.
Emirates Engineering together with Airbus will conduct
routine maintenance of the A380 aircraft during its Dubai
The tests, beginning with hot weather trials and followed by
technical training later in the year, are part of an extensive campaign
by Emirates to prepare for the A380's smooth entry into the airline's
fleet in 2008; and add to the extreme weather testing conducted by
Airbus in the Middle East and Africa last year.
The aircraft, MSN007, will undergo airport compatibility checks,
on-ground and in-flight service checks, and ground handling and
maintenance procedure tests during its seven-day Dubai stay.
Flown by Airbus test pilots, and experienced and trained Emirates
pilots, two flights took to the Dubai skies on August 17 and 18,
operating on back-to-back schedules with a two-hour turnaround period.