Sri Lanka Tourism Resources Improvement Project (TRIP)
In 2009, the 20 year civil war between the Sri Lankan government and the Liberation Tiger of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended. Since the ceasefire agreement signed in 2002, the number of tourists from overseas rose dramatically- 570,000 people- almost double the number in 2002. The tourism sector plays an important role for Sri Lanka's economic growth in terms of acquisition of foreign currency and the creation of employment opportunities. Thus the Ritsumeikan Trust was commissioned by the Ministry of Economic Development of Sri Lanka and conducted “Tourism Resources Improvement Project, TRIP” with JICA ODA loans from March 2011 till March 2013.
Faculty members of Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism
and Hotel Management and Ritsumeikan
- Keynote Speech in Sri Lanka
The aim of the TRIP project was to improve income level and alleviate poverty in Sri Lanka by increasing the number of tourists from overseas, especially from East Asia including Japan. We engaged in education, training and curriculum development for those who were involved in the tourism industry, and improvement of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) where those who want to work in the Tourism Industry, especially in the field of hotel management, are trained.
|Country||Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka|
|Target Group||Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management, teachers, those who are engaged in the tourism industry (hotel management, travel industry etc…)|
|Duration||Phase 1 March 2011- May 2012
Phase 2 June 2012 – March 2013
|Contract amount||Phase 1: 110,748,077 JPY
Phase 2: 39,901,600 JPY
|Implementation Structure of the Project*||Operational Office: Office of International Cooperation and Service, Ritsumeikan University
Project Director: Dr. Monte Cassim, Vice –Chancellor, Professor at College of Policy Science, The Ritsumeikan Trust
Project Coordinator: Dr. Cooper Malcolm, Professor of College of Asia Pacific Studies at the Asia Pacific University
[Phase 1 Project Team]
* Titles in the operational structure are of during the project.