About us

Our Mission:

1. Represent National Tourist Guide Lecturers, protect their interests and foster goodwill with other industry stakeholders within the tourism industry

2. Enhance the knowledge, skills and standards of the members through training courses, workshops and seminars

3. Work in collaboration with other industry stakeholders to ensure  sustainability, benefiting all Sri Lankans

4. Support regulatory authorities to implement and regulate the legal framework for tourism management


President

Dr. Mahesh Priyadarshana

Secretary

Mr. Sumedha Chandradasa

Treasurer

Mr. Priyalal Malaviarachchi

Directors

  • Mr. Sampath Perera                           – Vice President Special Projects
  • Mr. Suminda Dodangoda                 – Vice President
  • Mr. Lasantha Rajapaksha                – Vice President
  • Mr. Tuan Zainoor Jemion                 – Vice President
  • Ms. Nishanthi Rodrigo                      – Asst. Secretary
  • Ms. Isanka Gunawardana                – Asst. Treasurer
  • Mr. Pem Wickramasinghe              – Director Adviser
  • Mr. E. G. Upali                                        – Director Adviser
  • Mr. Asanka Senanayake                  – Director Adviser
  • Mr. Nalinda John                                  – Director Chief Organiser
  • Mr. Buddhika Ranasinghe               – Director Training
  • Mr. Upul Lasantha Wanasinghe   – Director Welfare
  • Mr. Hiran Samarasekara                  – Director Diary and Publications
  • Mr. Jayadewa Sudusinghe              – Director Media and PR
  • Mr. Manoj Maddage                           – Director Legal
  • Mr. Ranjith Singh                                 – Director Admin and HQ
  • Mr. Harsha Koralearachchi             – Director Projects and R&D
  • Mr. Suminda Dissanayake                                        
  • Mr. Kavinda Arangala                                            
  • Mr. Weerasingha Dahanayake                                                      
  • Mr. Anura Hemachandra                                       
  • Mr. Sudesh Wickramarthne   


Patrons:

  • Mr. Joe Livera
  • Mr. Christopher Silva
  • Mr. Ravi Munasinghe
  • Ms. Yasmin Abesooriya
  • Mr. 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.