Paradise Traveller, the official Instagram page of the Sri Lanka Institute of National Tourist Guide Lecturers, has been launched.
Instagram is an ever more popular platform for sharing images and videos, so SLINTGL has felt that it is time to make its presence felt there. As an entity passionately engaged in presenting the uniqueness of Sri Lanka to the world, what better way is there for the Institute and its members to portray the various aspects of a country well known for its multi-faceted beauty and its friendly, vivacious people!
If the saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is anything to go by, the images captured by NTGLs while touring the length and breadth of the island will have myriad stories to tell, affording the visitor rare glimpses into the miracle that is Sri Lanka.
The Annual General Meeting of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourist Guide Lecturers is scheduled to be held on 2nd August 2020. Only 200 members will be allowed to attend in person this time due to social distancing regulations, and the others will have to participate via a selected online platform like Zoom. Those who would like to attend in person are therefore requested to contact the office as soon as possible; the available slots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.
Those who are interested in running for positions on the next board are also called upon to contact the office as soon as possible for the modalities of the application process.
SLTDA acts proactively to minimise COVID-19 burden on Tourism stake holders
In pursuant to their previous undertaking of relieving the burden of licensing fees for 2020, SLTDA Director – Standards and Quality Assurance announced their plan to continue the relief measures for the coming year 2021 too.
This allows us as stakeholders to plan ahead of our survival over the difficult periods during the pandemic.
Further relief measures will be considered in due course.
As the membership at SLINTGL is growing and sub-groups evolving to represent specific interest groups, we felt the need to have a united front when representing National Tourist Guide Lecturer interests, collectively.
On July 3rd, a discussion took place at SLINTGL auditorium between the wing leaders and the current interim board. The intention was to get the different wings under SLINTGL with the concept of “Under One Umbrella”. The wings presented were German, Russian, Spanish, French, Japanese, Italian, Chinese, Korean and Cruise Ship Operations. All agreed and appreciated the concept, initiated by Capt. Harsha and the President of SLINTGL Dr. Mahesh Priyadarshana for the benefit of the members.
Dr. Priyadarshana confirmed to the wings that, the SLINTGL would represent and campaign for the rights of all the members. All the wing leaders representing their members, agreed unconditionally for the NTGL fee hike, that is currently being negotiated.
Further, the wing leaders signed a MoU under which they all agreed to join SLINTGL under the concept of “under one umbrella” and in particular on press releases and media representation. For this purpose, a media subcommittee was appointed. Jayadeva Sudusinghe, with his political coordination ability, has been made responsible for state radio and audio coordination. Sarath Vijendra was appointed for print and visual media and Capt.Harsha, as overall coordinator.
President Dr. Mahesh Priyadarshana expressed his gratitude to all those present, on behalf of the interim committee.
The patrons present were Mr. Ravi Munasinghe, Mr. Christopher Silva and Mr. Sisira Kuruppu, accompanied by former presidents and veterans.
Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) will review increasing the daily fee of chauffer guides and site guides to USD 35, Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando said.
“The current discussion (of USD 35 increment) is for national guides. The Board is in discussion with all the guides now,” Fernando said adding that the proposal is still under discussion.
Registered tour guides now receive a minimum fee of Rs.2,500 per day. If the proposed increment is approved by the Tourist Board the daily fee of national guides (later chauffeur and site guides) will increase to about Rs. 6,500 from April 30, 2021. For many years, national guides, chauffeur guides, area guides and site guides were in limbo when their pleas for a fee increment was not regarded by the stakeholders concerned.