Diploma in Archaeology and Cultural Tourism

Diploma in Archaeology and Cultural Tourism, PGIAR

The Postgraduate Institute of Archaeology (PGIAR), University of Kelaniya, in collaboration with the Sri Lanka Institute of National Tourist Guide Lecturers (SLINTGL), successfully conducted the first-ever Diploma in Archaeology and Cultural Tourism course which has been included in a university curriculum.

53 National Tourist Guide Lecturers successfully completed the course and were awarded the Diploma at a simple but dignified ceremony held at the Auditorium of the National Museum. The Chief Guest, State Minister of Education Dr. Suren Raghavan, presented the Diploma holders with their certificates.

On behalf of the Sri Lanka Institute of National Tourist Guide Lecturers, we would like to take this opportunity to thank Senior Professor Gamini Adhikari, Director PDIAR, Dr Arjuna Thanthilage, Course Coordinator, and the Academic Panel of PGIAR for their dedication to enhancing the knowledge of our members. Special thanks are due to Mr. Jayampath Senanayake for bearing the burden of organising the lectures. Last but not least, let us express our gratitude to Dr. Mahesh Thiththagalle, a former President of SLINTGL, for taking the initiative to get this program included in the university curriculum.

We wish all the best for the new Diploma holders! Congratulations!

Thank you very much Dear Teachers for shearing your valuable knowledge with us!

World Tourism Day 2022

Since 1980, the United Nations World Tourism Organisation (UNWTO) has celebrated World Tourism Day on 27th September. This date was chosen as the statutes of the UNWTO were adopted on that day in 1970. The adoption of these statutes is considered a milestone in global tourism. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness on the role of tourism within the international community and to demonstrate how it affects social, cultural, political and economic values worldwide.

This year the Sri Lanka Institute of National Tourist Guide Lecturers (SLINTGL) organised a free city tour of Colombo on an open-deck double-decker bus, followed by a press conference. The bus started its journey at the Kingsbury Hotel in the heart of Colombo. After covering the main highlights of the city, it reached its final destination – Independence Square, where the treaty that declared Sri Lanka’s independence from the British Empire was signed on 4th February 1948. When the bus arrived at Independence Square, the group was welcomed with a cultural performance. Addressing the gathering, SLINTGL President Mr. Manoj Maddage explained what should be the future aims of tourism in Sri Lanka, based on this year’s theme of Rethinking Tourism.

“Paradise Traveller” – SLINTGL on Instagram

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.


Sri Lanka readying to welcome tourists from 1 August

Following the successful containment of COVID-19, Sri Lanka Tourism said yesterday it is readying to welcome travellers from across the world, assuring further health safety measures from 1 August though new conditions apply.

Apart from multiple PCR tests, all future tourists will be required to apply for visa online, pay a flat fee of $ 100 each (except nationals from countries where there is reciprocal fee-free visa) and minimum stay of five nights at hotels and resorts certified to be compliant with COVID-19 health safety guidelines.

“Sri Lanka Tourism will provide international visitors with the highest standards of safety as we embrace tourists from across the world to experience the beauty of our paradise island once more,” Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando said.