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Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators

About SLAITO

The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) is the apex body for the inbound tourism industry in Sri Lanka. SLAITO has been the most influential institution in terms of guiding policy makers in Sri Lanka to overcome the challenges faced by the industry. The objective of SLAITO is to represent the interests of all stakeholders and to ensure that Sri Lanka takes its rightful place in the global tourism community.

This non-profit association was inaugurated in 1975 by several Destination Management Companies (DMC’s) to be the voice of the inbound tourism industry in Sri Lanka. Formally known as the Association of Group Tour Agents (AGTA), was later reconstituted as SLAITO in 2002.

The membership of SLAITO amounts to 192 Fully-fledged Members and 53 Associate Members at present while over 95% of them are from the small and medium sector.

SLAITO plays a vital role in all significant private sector decision-making forums and is affiliated to The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. This is the only Association recognized by the tourism act that represents the inbound tourism sector. At present, a significant majority of tourists to Sri Lanka are handled by the SLAITO membership.

In its latest venture SLAITO embarked on a new journey to form an alliance with member tourism associations under one umbrella “One Industry, One Voice”. The intent of this alliance is to address issues in the tourism industry by seeking government intervention as one body.

One Industry One voice

PARTNERS OF THE SRI LANKA ASSOCIATION OF INBOUND TOUR OPERATORS - SLAITO

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ASSOCIATION OF SMALL AND MEDIUM ENTERPRISES IN TOURISM SRI LANKA (ASMET)

MR. JUSTIN KARANDAWALA
(President)

info@asmetsrilanka.com

+94 (77) 755 4874

www.asmetsrilanka.com

NO. 20, ½, REGENT BUILDING,
SIR CHITTAMPALAM
A. GARDINER MAWATHA, COLOMBO 2.

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BOARD OF AIRLINE REPRESENTATIVES – SRI LANKA (BAR)

MR. DIMUTHU TENNAKOON
(President)

lakshika@chamber.lk

+94 (11) 558 8816

No website

C/O THE CEYLON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, NO. 50, NAWAM MAWATHA,
COLOMBO 2.

experts

COLOMBO CITY RESTAURANT COLLECTIVE (CCRC)

MR. HARPO GOONERATNE
(President)

ccrcmarketingsl@gmail.com

+94 (72) 243 1045

No website

NO. 79,GREGORY’S ROAD,
COLOMBO 7.

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EAST COAST HOTELIERS ASSOCIATION OF SRI LANKA

MR. ROSHNATH SELVARAJ
(President)

rm@amethystpassikudah.com

+94 (65) 567 8003

No website

COCONUT BOARD ROAD,
PASSIKUDAH.

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HOTELIERS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH (HOST)

MR. SHAMINDRA FERNANDO
(President)

ladyhill@sltnet.lk

+94 (91) 224 4322

www.hoteliersofsouth.com

NO. 29,
UPPER DICKSON ROAD,
GALLE.

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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM PROFESSIONALS (SKAL)

MR. BERNARD WIJETUNGE
(President)

tallmantours@gmail.com

+94 (11) 257 3931

www.skalcolombo.lk

NO. 263/3,
1/1, GALLE ROAD,
COLOMBO 3.

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PASIFIC ASIA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (PATA)

MR. ASITHA PANABOKKE
(President)

ishara@chamber.lk

+94 (11) 558 8853

No website

C/O THE CEYLON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, NO. 50, NAWAM MAWATHA,
COLOMBO 2.

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RENT A CAR ASSOCIATION (RACA)

MR. KISHAN D. PERERA
(President)

info@raca.lk

+94 (11) 287 5063

www.raca.lk

NO. 50, RAMYA MAWATHA,
SRI SUBUTHIPURA,
BATTARAMULLA.

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SRI LANKA ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE, EXHIBITION ORGANISERS (SLAPCEO)

MR. NALIN ARIYARATNE
(President)

info@slapceo.lk

+94 (76) 666 1652

www.slapceo.lk

C/O SRI LANKA CONVENTION BUREAU,
4TH FLOOR, HOTEL SCHOOL BUILDING,
NO. 78, GALLE ROAD, COLOMBO 3.

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SRI LANKA WELLNESS TOURISM ASSOCIATION (SLWTA)

MR. TREVOR RECKERMAN
(President)

slwta@gmail.com

+94 (77) 277 2001

No website

C/O EXPORT DEVELOPMENT BOARD,
NDB TOWERS, NAWAM MAWATHA,
COLOMBO 2.

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TRAVEL AGENTS ASSOCIATION OF SRI LANKA (TAASL)

MR. CHANNE WIJEMANNE
(President)

taaslai@chamber.lk

+94 (11) 558 8855

No website

C/O THE CEYLON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, NO. 50, NAWAM MAWATHA,
COLOMBO 2.

Managing Committee 2019/2020

Services & Benifits

Here Are Some Of The Main Objectives Served By SLAITO,

  • 1To promote long term and sustainable growth of Sri Lanka Tourism.
  • 2Ensure an excellent visitor experience and service by facilitating the member companies.
  • 3To establish and maintain a good relationship with all government bodies, particularly with the Minister of Tourism, his/her Ministry and all other authorities established by the Government to support tourism in Sri Lanka.
  • 4To liaise and maintain cordial relations with all the industry stakeholders.
  • 5To lobby Government and relevant authorities on behalf of our membership to create the policy framework that will ensure the growth of the Tourism industry in Sri Lanka.

Becoming A Member Will Reap The Benefits Of,

  • 1Addressing industry issues not as an individual company but as a collective group.
  • 2Industry recognition to reach foreign tour operators.
  • 3Trade circulars and other official documents from various authorities
  • 4Special travel fares and discounts from Airlines.
  • 5SME status when attending trade fairs and benefits that SME’s receive
  • 6Arbitration between the tour operators and the local DMCs

SLAITO Presidents

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Mr. Mahen Kariyawasan

Present <--- September 2019

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Mr. Harith Perera

September 2019 <--- August 2017

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Mr. Devindre Senaratne

August 2017 <--- September 2015

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Mr. Mahen Kariyawasan

September 2015 <--- July 2012

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Mr. Nilmin Nanayakkara

June 2012 <--- July 2010

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Mr. Chandra Wickremasinghe

June 2010 <--- September 2008

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Mr. Dirk Grigson

August 2008 <--- August 2006

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Mr. Vasantha Leelananda

July 2006 <--- August 2004

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Mr. Gehan Perera

July 2004 <--- July 2002

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Mr. Vasantha Leelananda

June 2002 <--- August 2000

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Ms. Shiromal Cooray

July 2000 <--- 1999

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