Sampath, and over 250 other men have benefitted from training in customer service skills and are no longer seen as ‘hassle’ by tourists… securing a brighter future for themselves and their families, as well as offering holidaymakers a fantastic service.
The Travel Foundation’s work in Asia started in Sri Lanka following the tsunami’s devastating impact in December 2004.
The Travel Foundation has established the Responsible Tourism Partnership (RTP) with a steering committee comprising key leaders of Sri Lanka's tourism industry, government and other organisations, to develop and manage projects.
Our work in Sri Lanka focuses on using tourism to help safeguard livelihoods, to generate resources for environmental restoration, and to develop practical solutions and initiatives to achieve long term, sustainable development of tourism.
Being the sixth largest foreign exchange earner and with a large number of direct and indirect jobs dependent upon it, tourism is one of the main pillars supporting the Sri Lankan economy.
Read more about our projects in Sri Lanka...
- Our trees for life project helped to revegetate tsunami affected areas, and is also a fantastic tourist excursion.
- The lace making centre and museum is helping to revive this dying craft, and welcomes visitors to the centre to find out more and browse the lace products on offer.
- We are working with beach operators in Beruwala and Bentota, providing training and support to help them provide a high quality, hassle-free service to tourists.
- Following a successful Climate Change conference in 2008, the 'Greening Sri Lanka' project launched in 2010, helping hoteliers to save water and energy.