What’s on

The recent Special General Meeting (SGM) conducted at our headquarters has resulted in a change in leadership of our association.
The new leadership team will function as an interim-management, leading upto the AGM 2020. Here are our new office bearers.


A workshop for SLINTGL members on “Related Laws and Regulations for Tour Guiding” will be conducted at the Institute on 26th Nov. 2019. For more details, watch this space…


German Travel delegation visiting Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Tourism welcomes the German delegation from German Travel Association (DRV). This delegation consisted of the President of DRV and their tourism committee members.This delegation visited Sri Lanka with the invitation extended by Hon Minister of Tourism, John Amaratunga to visit Sri Lanka to experience the fact that Sri Lanka has returned to normalcy …

About us

Our Mission:

1. Safeguard the professional rights of the members.

2. Enhance the knowledge & skills of the members.

3. Work in collaboration with other stakeholders in the tourism sector to ensure a sustainable tourism industry which benefits all Sri Lankans.

4. Support state authorities to regulate the legal framework for tourism.

5. Conduct workshops / training courses for personnel engaged in the tourism industry.

Management Team


Mahesh Priyadharshana

General Secretary

E. G. Upali


Priyalal Malaviarachchi


  • Mahesh Karunarathne
  • Aruna Ranasinghe
  • Lasantha Rajapaksha
  • Pem Wickramasinghe
  • M. D. R. H. Ranjithsingh
  • Bandula Dissanayake
  • Malith Pulwansa
  • Rohana Pushpakumara
  • Sujeewa de Silva


  • Joe Livera
  • Christopher Silva
  • Ravi Munasinghe
  • L. C. Jayasinghe
  • Sisira Kuruppu

Our History

The initial tourism regulations were laid down in 1966 under the Ceylon Tourist Board act. The first batch who were trained as Tourist Guide Lecturers formed the Tourist Guide Lecturers Association in 1968 with 15 members who gathered at the residence of Mr. Dudley Perera electing Mr. Ernest Munasinghe as the president and Mr. Reggie Perera as the secretary. The association was registered as National Tourist Guide Lecturers Association of Sri Lanka (NTGLASL) in 1986. In 2007 the association was registered as the Sri Lanka Institute of National Tourist Guide Lecturers (SLINTGL). The first office was established in 1986 at Connaisance De Ceylan office in Colombo 8. A permanent office was operated in the Taj Samudra complex from 1987 to 1995. In 1995 a building was purchased at no 37/35, Temple Road, Colombo 10 where the present four storied headquarters was built in 2009.

The institute at present has 1480 NTGLs speaking 24 different languages engaged in professional tour guiding in Sri Lanka. The Institute is a full member of the World Federation of Tourist Guide Associations (WFTGA) which is the worldwide international federation representing official tourist guides. To mark “International Tourist Guide Day” (ITGD) which is on 21st February workshops and community activities are organized by the institute. Also to mark the world tourism day on 27th September special programmes are conducted in addition to holding workshops for industry employees and university students studying tourism management.


Please contact us for information. We will get back to you as soon as we can.