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ASMET is growing from strength to strength with more and more members joining the Association which is a very good sign. What we need now is new members to come in to the committee and to get actively involved in moving the Association forward and also get affiliated internationally.

It is a common factor that the SME sector plays a major role in the country's economy as nearly 60% of the industries are owned and run by them, it seems to be the same all over Asia. The problem commonly faced by the SME sector is funding their enterprises as most lending institutions & Banks are not very keen in assisting them. We should work towards this and request the Government to assist us in obtaining soft loans affordable by us. At the same time the ADB and the Australian aid group is coming forward to fund a programme in developing the skills in the Tourism sector, mainly for the SMEs we hope to make use of these opportunities to enhance the skills of the Small & Medium sector.

ASMET has always been invited by SLTDA for all the meetings with regard to the development and promotion of tourism. We are also happy to note that many of our members were able to participate free of charge at several international trade fairs with Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.

I must not forget to mention the demise of our founder Vice President Late Mr. Siri De Silva Chairman of Adventure Lanka. He was a tower strength and contributed so much towards the Association, even up to the time of his demise he was actively involved in the Association and
Continued to be member of the executive committee since its inception. The void created thus will be very hard to be filled but let us carry on the good work done by him.

I wish to take this opportunity to thank the members of the committee who contributed their valuable time and effort in conducting the affairs of the Association, they have at very short notice attended the meetings called by SLTDA, SLCB & SLTPB on behalf of ASMET.

In conclusion I thank the Minister & Deputy Minister of the Ministry of Tourism Development & Christian affairs, The Chairman SLTDA & SLTPB also SLCB & SLITHM and all other industry partners including our members for the support extended to me during my tenure as President of ASMET.

President,
Rohan Abeywickrama

Secretaries Message

  • The committee met on 13 occasions during the year 2016.
  • ASMET has been recognized as the key association to represent the SME sector in Sri Lanka Tourism by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau and the Sri Lanka Institute of Hospitality and Hotel Management.
  • Provided an SME perspective at numerous policy dialogs, discussions and seminars with a variety of tourism stakeholders that included the Government, the private sector – large to small – informal and formal, and international organizations.
  • Provided inputs to SLTDA in setting up guidelines and regulations for the various categories of tourism in Sri Lanka.
    Supported ASMET Members with various issues.
  • Three to Five ASMET Members were given an opportunity by the SLTPB to participate at trade fairs especially for emerging markets (Netherlands, India, Russia, Middle East, Japan, Italy and China) Our members participated at the following Trade at concessionary rates.

Vakantiebeurs, Netherlands

Airwing Tours (Pvt)Ltd.
Elephant Reach Hotel
Hawk Travels (Pvt) Ltd
United Leisure (Pvt) Ltd

Airwing Tours (Pvt)Ltd.
Gemini Tours & Travels (Pvt) Ltd
Elephant Reach Hotel
Green Holiday Center (Pvt) Ltd
Hawk Travels (Pvt) Ltd
United Leisure (Pvt) Ltd
Hotel Lanka Super Corals

MITT Russia

Deluxe Vacations (Pvt) Ltd

JTTX Saudi Arabia

Airwing Tours Pvt Ltd
Jagath Tours & Travels
Nawamini Travels ( Pvt ) Ltd.
World Travel Centre Colombo (Pvt) Ltd
Lanka Vacations (Pvt) Ltd

ITB, Berlin

Airwing Tours (Pvt) Ltd.

Lanka Holidays.Net (Pvt) Ltd

HAWK TRAVELS (Pvt) Ltd

PARADISE HOLIDAYS (PVT) Ltd

Gemini Tours & Travels (Pvt) Ltd

Butterfly Vacations (Pvt) Ltd

Lanka Vacations (Pvt) Ltd

JATA, Tokyo

Deluxe Vacations (Pvt) Ltd.
Orient Tours
Vacation Planners Pvt Ltd
Lanka Holidays.Net (Pvt) Ltd

TTG Remini, Italy

Airwing Tours (Pvt) Ltd
Heritage Expedeciones (Private) Limited
Zenith Expeditions (Pvt) Ltd
Ayubowan Tours & Travels (Pvt)Ltd

CITM

Serene Vacations (Pvt) Ltd
Ceylon Legend Travels

WTM London

Hawk Travels (Pvt) Ltd
Orient Tours
Paradise Holidays (Pvt) Ltd
Lanka Holidays.Net (Pvt) Ltd

SABIT Special American Business Interim Training Programme in USA

The Following 11 members were selected by the US Department of Commerce for training in Washington for 3 weeks

Airwing Tours (Pvt) Ltd
Fortune Lanka Tours and Travels (Pvt) Ltd
GEMINI TOURS AND TRAVELS (Pvt) Ltd
GFC Leisure Pvt Ltd
Hawk Travels (Pvt) Ltd
Hospitality Management & Consultancy Associates
Hotel Consultant Trainer
Lanka Holidays.Net (Pvt) Ltd
Orient Tours
Paradise Holidays (Pvt) Ltd
Thilaka Holidays Homes

World Export Development Forum

We have exhibited at World Export Development Forum and our members were given an opportunity to exhibit at two of our exhibition stalls. We were the only association/organization representing tourism at the world export development forum.

SATTE Delhi

Gemini Tours & Travels (Pvt) Ltd
Green Holiday Center (Pvt) Ltd
United Leisure (Pvt) Ltd
Hotel Lanka Super Corals

BIT Italy

Airwing Tours (Pvt) Ltd
Hawk Travels (Pvt)Ltd
Heritage Expedeciones (Private) Limited
Serene Vacations (Pvt) Ltd
Ayubowan Tours and Travels (Pvt) Ltd

Arabian Travel Market, Dubai

Lanka Holidays.Net (Pvt) Ltd
Gemini Tours & Travels (Pvt) Ltd
Nawamini Travels ( Pvt ) Ltd.
World Travel Centre Colombo (Pvt) Ltd

BITE China

Walk with Jith
Get in to Lanka Travels (Pvt) Limited
Deluxe Vacations Pvt (Ltd)

CITE, China

Airwing Tours (Pvt) Ltd
Jagath Tours & Travels (Pvt) Ltd
Serene Vacations (Pvt) Ltd
Deluxe Vacations (Pvt) Ltd

CITE

Jagath Tours & Travels
Ceylon Legend Travels
Nawamini Travels

South Asian Countries SME Forum

Mr. Sam Tegal, Our immediate past president became Vice president for South Asian Countries SME Forum.

Ms. Arosha Jayasundara & Mr. Rasika Rajapake participated along with Mr. Sam Tegal at South Asian Countries SME Forum in Dhaka Bangladesh.
First Regional meeting held at Janaki Hotel, Colombo with participation of ASMET Members.

Sancaharaka Udawa

We have exhibited at Sancharaka Udawa and offered ASMET members to exhibit at ASMET stall free of charge.

Goals for 2016/2017

  • Develop ASMET’s institutional capacity as a priority.
  • Develop strategic partnerships and linkages for “win-win” solutions.
  • Unite the SME sector in Tourism and build linkages to national and international stakeholders.
  • Encourage formalization of Sri Lanka’s large informal sector in tourism.
  • Continue to increase membership.
    Raise Awareness and facilitate Education.
  • Skills Development and Capacity Building Workshops.
  • Training in remote areas.
  • Develop Standards to protect society, environment, and quality of products and services.
  • Develop socially and environmentally sound attitudes and behavior within the industry.
  • Foster transparency and good governance in the industry.
  • Develop SME Community Based Tourism Products.
  • Develop SME Alternate Tourism Products.
  • Promote and share Good Practices.
  • Represent ASMET members at as many trade fairs as possible.
  • Publicity and promotion of SME Products and Services in Tourism.
  • Represent ASMET at SME forums.
  • Facilitate livelihood improvement of host communities in tourism generating areas.

Lobby for:

SME aspirations.
Equitable distribution of resources and knowledge among SME’s.
Protection of Society and Environment in tourism generating areas.

Last but not the least, to meet His Excellency the President’s challenge to achieve high quality tourist arrivals, not only the volume.