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Field visit to learn about the Involvement of Beach operates in Sri Lanka tourism

56 undergraduates, who have been reading B.Sc. in Tourism Management and B.Sc. Hospitality Management Degree, visited Bentota Beach on the 25th of January 2015 to learn about the “Involvement of Beach operates  in Sri Lanka tourism" Responsible Tourism Partnership (RTP) Bentota Beach Hotel, and Bentota Beach  operates Association jointly facilitated the discussion.
All participant were warmly welcome by the Bentota Beach Hotel staff and the joint presentation where conducted by Swarna Kumarasinha , Ivan Prera  and Chinthaka Thilakarathna the presentation consist of history of the  Project and the present situation.
Later the participant visited the Beach and met with the Beach operates, through   the questioning and desiccations it was evident that the Beach operates are fully independent and providing a valuable services to the Tourist.  
The project Linking Local Community and Tourism (minimizing hassle to the Tourist) was started in 2011 funded by travel foundation UK and handed over to the Beach operates in 2012, since then they operate independently, it was also emphasized that commitment of Mr. Sanjeeva Perera,General Manager Bentota Beach Hotel and Sujeth Yamasinha of RTP past  Coordinator had immensely contributed to the success of the project .and the members of  Bentota Beach operates Association is also  thankful to the management of the Bentota Beach Hotel for the help extended over the past years.
Dr.Athula Gnanapala , Namal Wijesundara Dept. of Tourism Management University of Sabaragamuwa,Ajantha Palihawadana Coordinator RTP Participated in the Program 

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