Lesser Known Colombo

Lesser Known Colombo, a three-day workshop about a novel way to discover the city based on a treasure hunt, was held for a limited number of SLINTGL members at Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka on 10th, 11th & 12th Dec 2019.

On the first day, Prof. Asoka Mendis de Zoysa and Capt. Sadath Rajapakse introduced the concept of a treasure hunt to the participants. After spending the second day in the field discovering hidden aspects of Colombo in a real treasure hunt, on the final day the participants did their presentations on the experiences and insights they had gained. Mr. Rakitha Karunaratne, Head of Language Department at the Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka, and other members of the staff there played a major role in the organisation of the event.

Going by the response from the participants and organisers, it was a resounding success. We hope to have more workshops like this in the future.

Venue: GOETHE-INSTITUT SRI LANKA, 39, R.G. Senanayake Mawatha, Colombo 7
Tel: +94 11 2694562 Fax: +94 11 2693351 e-mail: info-colombo@goethe.de web: https://www.goethe.de/ins/lk/en/

Day 1: Tuesday, 10th Dec                              

9am – 10.30 am Introduction to the concept of Treasure Hunt 
10.30 am – 11 am Tea break
11 am – 1 pm Insider information on on Colombo
1 pm – 2 pm Lunch
2 pm – 3.30 pm Workshop: Designing a treasure hunt for Colombo
3.30 pm – 3.45 Tea break
3.45 pm – 5 pm Designing a treasure hunt for Colombo 11

Day2: Wednesday, 11th Dec – in the field

Meeting point: Goethe-lnstitut at 9 am

Day3: Thursday, 12th Dec

9am – 10.30 am Feedback/Reflection on Treasure Hunt
10.30 am – 11 am Tea break
11 am – 1 pm Workshop: Preparing booklet/app
11 pm – 2 pm Lunch
2 pm – 3.30 pm Workshop: Preparing booklet/app
3.30 pm – 3.45 Tea break
3.45 pm – 5 pm Workshop: Preparing booklet/app

Materials: map, books on Colombo

Workshop on Related Laws and Regulations for Tour Guiding

A workshop for SLINTGL members on Related Laws and Regulations for Tour Guiding was conducted at the Institute on 26th Nov. 2019

Agenda of the Workshop

Workshop Theme – Related Laws & Regulations for Tour Guiding

09.00 – Registration

09.30 – Welcome Speech

09.40 – Objectives of the Workshop

President, SLINTGL

09.50 – Session 1

  • Wildlife & Environmental Laws
  • Customs Laws
  • Bio-Piracy
Senior lawyer Mr. Jagath Gunawardana
Mr.Samantha Gunasekara ­– Ex Deputy Director, Customs

10.30 – Refreshments

10.45 – Session 1 Cont….

11.30 – Session 2: Unlicensed Guiding Penalties

Investigation Officer, Enforcement Unit, SLTDA
Senior lawyer Mr. Kithsiri Gunawardana

12.30 – Role of Standards & Quality Assurance & Legal Division of SLTDA

13.00 – Cape Town Declaration for Tour Guiding

Mr. Sajeewa Chamikara – Environment Flying Squad

13.30 – Session 3: Panel Discussion

  • Monitoring illegal guiding
  • How to stop illegal guiding
  • Provisions of 2005 Tourism Act No 38 & Extraordinary Gazette 2140 / 17 – 2019 Sep 10
  • Other relevant laws for tour guiding
Mr. Kottachi – Chief Investigation Officer, Police
Mr. Sajeewa Chamikara – Environment Flying Squad,
Investigation Officer,Enforcement Unit, SLTDA
Senior lawyer Mr. Kithsiri Gunawardana
President, SLINTGL