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About SLAITO

The Apex representing Inbound Tour Operators

The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) is the apex body for the inbound tourism industry in Sri Lanka. SLAITO has been the most influential institution in terms of guiding policy makers in Sri Lanka to overcome the challenges faced by the industry. The objective of SLAITO is to represent the interests of all stakeholders and to ensure that Sri Lanka takes its rightful place in the global tourism community.

This non-profit association was inaugurated in 1975 by several Destination Management Companies (DMC’s) to be the voice of the inbound tourism industry in Sri Lanka. Formally known as the Association of Group Tour Agents (AGTA), was later reconstituted as SLAITO in 2002.

The membership of SLAITO amounts to 192 Fully-fledged Members and 53 Associate Members at present while over 95% of them are from the small and medium sector.

SLAITO plays a vital role in all significant private sector decision-making forums and is affiliated to The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce. This is the only Association recognized by the tourism act that represents the inbound tourism sector. At present, a significant majority of tourists to Sri Lanka are handled by the SLAITO membership.

In its latest venture SLAITO embarked on a new journey to form an alliance with member tourism associations under one umbrella “One Industry, One Voice”. The intent of this alliance is to address issues in the tourism industry by seeking government intervention as one body.

Main Objectives Served By SLAITO

  • To promote long term and sustainable growth of Sri Lanka Tourism.

  • Ensure an excellent visitor experience and service by facilitating the member companies.

  • To establish and maintain a good relationship with all government bodies, particularly with the Minister of Tourism, his/her Ministry and all other authorities established by the Government to support tourism in Sri Lanka.

  • To liaise and maintain cordial relations with all the industry stakeholders.

  • To lobby Government and relevant authorities on behalf of our membership to create the policy framework that will ensure the growth of the Tourism industry in Sri Lanka.

Becoming A Member Will Reap The Benefits Of,

  • Addressing industry issues not as an individual company but as a collective group.

  • Industry recognition to reach foreign tour operators.

  • Trade circulars and other official documents from various authorities

  • Special travel fares and discounts from Airlines.

  • SME status when attending trade fairs and benefits that SME’s receive

  • Arbitration between the tour operators and the local DMCs

One Industry, One Voice

PARTNERS OF THE SRI LANKA ASSOCIATION OF INBOUND TOUR OPERATORS - SLAITO

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HAMBANTOTA DISTRICT CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Director General

MR. TIALR NADUGALA

Director General

+94 (47) 493 3933

OLD TANGALLE ROAD,
HAMBANTOTA

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TRAVEL AGENTS ASSOCIATION OF SRI LANKA (TAASL)

President

MR. CHANNE WIJEMANNE

President

+94 (11) 558 8855

C/O THE CEYLON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, NO. 50, NAWAM MAWATHA,
COLOMBO 2.

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PACIFIC ASIA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION (PATA)

President

MR. ASITHA PANABOKKE

President

+94 (11) 558 8853

C/O THE CEYLON CHAMBER OF COMMERCE, NO. 50, NAWAM MAWATHA,
COLOMBO 2.

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CULTURAL TRIANGLE HOTELIERS ASSOCIATION

President

MR. SALIYA DAYANANDA

President

+94 (66) 228 4864

GIMANHALA,
DAMBULLA

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SRI LANKA WELLNESS TOURISM ASSOCIATION (SLWTA)

President

MS. SHELLY THENUWARA

President

+94 (77) 776 0882

C/O EXPORT DEVELOPMENT BOARD,
NDB TOWERS, NAWAM MAWATHA,
COLOMBO 2.

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INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF TRAVEL AND TOURISM PROFESSIONALS (SKAL)

President

MS. DINUSHKA CHANDRASENA

President

+94 (77) 775 6726

NO. 263/3,
1/1, GALLE ROAD,
COLOMBO 3.

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THE KANDY HOTELIERS ASSOCIATION

President

MR. RODNEY ARMSTRONG

President

+94 (77) 780 1067

NO. 35, PBA WEERAKOON MAWATHA, KANDY

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SRI LANKA ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE, EXHIBITION ORGANISERS (SLAPCEO)

President

MR. NALIN ARIYARATNE

President

+94 (76) 666 1652

C/O SRI LANKA CONVENTION BUREAU,
4TH FLOOR, HOTEL SCHOOL BUILDING,
NO. 78, GALLE ROAD, COLOMBO 3.

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HOTELIERS ASSOCIATION OF SOUTH (HOST)

President

MR. SHAMINDRA FERNANDO

President

+94 (91) 224 4322

NO. 29,
UPPER DICKSON ROAD,
GALLE.

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SRI LANKA ASSOCIATION OF AIRLINE REPRESENTATIVES (SLAAR)

Regional Manager

MR. DIMUTHU AMARATHUNGE

Regional Manager

+94 (77) 787 0224

NO. 466, 2/1, THIMBIRIGASYAYA ROAD,
COLOMBO 5.

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RENT A CAR ASSOCIATION (RACA)

President

MR. KISHAN D. PERERA

President

+94 (11) 287 5063

NO. 50, RAMYA MAWATHA,
SRI SUBUTHIPURA,
BATTARAMULLA.

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EAST COAST HOTELIERS ASSOCIATION OF SRI LANKA

President

MR. ROSHNATH SELVARAJ

President

+94 (65) 567 8003

COCONUT BOARD ROAD,
PASSIKUDAH.

Managing Committee 2021/22

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President

Mr. Thilak Weerasinghe

Chairman

Lanka Sports Reizen 

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Committee Member

Ms. Gayangi Wirasinha

Managing Director

Abercrombie & Kent

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Vice President

Mr. Nishad Wijetunga

Director/CEO

Wayfarers

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Imm. Past President

Mr. Mahen Kariyawasan

Chairman

Andrew The Travel Company

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Past Presidents

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Sep 19 - July 20

Mr.  

Mahen Kariyawasan

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Sep 2008 - June 2010

Mr.  Chandra Wickramasinghe

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Aug 1999 - July 2000

Ms.

Shiromal Cooray

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Aug 2017 - Sept 2019

Mr.  

Harith Perera

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Aug 2006 - Aug 2008

Mr.  

Dirk Grigson

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Sep 2015 - Aug 2017

Mr.  

Devindre Seneratne

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Aug 2004 - July 2006

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July 2012 - Sep 2015

Mr.  

Mahen Kariyawasan

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July 2002 - July 2004

Mr.  

Gehan Perera

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July 2010 - June 2012

Mr.  

Nilmin Nanayankkara

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Aug 2000 - June 2002