Launch and the Inaugural Workshop of National Sustainable Tourism Certification (NSTC) Programme
The Workshop on first ever National Sustainable Tourism Certification (NSTC) Programme for Small and Medium Enterprises Tourism and Community Based Tourism Enterprises has been launched on the 27th April, 2015, at the Auditorium of the National Library Services Board, Colombo, 07, Sri Lanka.
ASIAN ECOTOURISM NETWORK (AEN) ESTABLISHED
A long-felt need for the Ecotourism Fraternity in Asia
A group of Asian ecotourism leaders gathered to kick off the Asian Ecotourism Network (Ecotourism Asia-AEN) in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia on the 16th of October, 2014, in conjunction with the 8th Asia Pacific Ecotourism Conference. At the founding board meeting, the members unanimously agreed to establish the Ecotourism Network for Asia housed in a public organization named Designated Area for Sustainable Tourism Administration
(DASTA) located in Bangkok, Thailand.
Small and Medium Enterprises Network of Tourism Sri Lanka
'…..promoting sustainable tourism through SMEs and CBTs…'
Mailing Address; 326/A/53, SAMUPAKARA MAWATHA, PELANWATTA, PANNIPITIYA,
SRI LANKA Telephone/Fax; + 94 11 270 00 45 + 94 11 270 09 63/ +94 773 476 179 +94 777 63 13 34 Email; firstname.lastname@example.org
"We are giving a voice to small and medium tourism entrepreneurs of Sri Lanka that can be heard in the wider global forum of discussions and feel the SME tourism fraternity proud through tourism businesses", added SLEF press statement. "The Small and Medium Enterprises Network of Tourism Sri Lanka (SMENTS) has been established to connect and showcase stakeholders at Regional, Intra-regional and International SME Tourism Markets"
A Project by Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation (SLEF) to support rural women through Training on Agro Tourism, Community Tourism , Management of Farm and Ecolodges
Nature of the Project:
A Training and Awareness Programme initiated by SLEF targeting the rural women in Sri Lanka in improvement of their life-styles and alleviating of poverty in the society in general
Objectives of the project:
To strengthen of the institutional capacity of rural women enabling them to embark in ecotourism enterprises in their locality
Gender empowerment through training and opening of Income Generating Activities (IGA) for the rural women
Number of training programmes planned during Year 2015; 10.
Number of participants to be enrolled; 10 in each location
Piliyandala, Horana, Kalutara, Bandaragma, Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Nuwara Eliya, Tissamharamaya, Kurunegala, Puttalam, Kandy, Ratnapura, Batticolla, Ampara, Monaragala, Ambalangoda