The Sri Lanka Tourism Expo (SLTE) 2021 opened at the One Galle Face Mall and will continue until Sunday 21st November.
Organised by the Alumni Association of Tourism Economics and Hospitality Management (AATEHM), and the Tourism Study Programs of the Department of Economics, Faculty of Arts, University of Colombo as the Strategic Knowledge Partner, the SLTE-21 partners with One Galle Face Mall and runs parallel to the celebration of UN-WTO World Tourism Day 2021.
The primary objective of the SLTE-2021 is to create a strong platform for tourism stakeholders to get together to synergize collective solutions to uplift the industry despite the downfall caused by the pandemic to the tourism industry.
“We are delighted to team up with the key stakeholders in the tourism industry and One Galle Face, in organising a series of events planned for industry professionals”, said Prof. Suranga Silva of the University of Colombo
In line with the theme of “Way forward Sri Lanka Tourism: Be Resilient and Sustainable”, Travel Shows, extended Industry-Policy Dialogue Forums and Culinary Fests will be held as some of the prominent events which will showcase the potential of Sri Lanka Tourism, sharing opportunities and providing a platform for attendees to make inroads to recovery and resilience building while capturing the growing tourism market trends in post-COVID global tourism.
The Travel Fair kicked off 15 November and features over 50 stakeholders from the hospitality industry, showcasing their offerings. The Fair will be open to the public until 18th November from 11.00 am to 9.00 pm on all days.
The discussion forums will also take place simultaneously from 6.30 p.m. onwards, touching on topics such as survival, recovery, innovative business development, competitiveness and the way forward. All of these are key areas for the tourism industry to be resilient in the face of adversity in order to be sustainable. The sessions will be highly interactive with a wide cross section of industry experts actively sharing valuable insights across multiple domains.
In addition to networking events, there will be a host of interactive programmes such as live cooking competitions, cocktail and mocktail competitions by industry professionals and cake decorating and cake structure competitions by professionals which will be conducted from 19th to 21st November.
All of these are free of charge and open to the public at the One Galle Face Mall, the venue partner.
As a build up to the SLTE-2021, the International Tourism Research Conference was held on 22 October and the International Tourism Leaders’ Summit was held on 27th September, both of which were virtual events and hosted by the Department of Economics, University of Colombo.
Elon Musk launches profane attack on X advertisers
In a profanity-laced outburst, Elon Musk has slammed advertisers that have left X, warning they will kill the social media platform.
At an event in New York, he accused companies that have joined an ad boycott of the site formerly known as Twitter of trying to blackmail him.Some firms have paused advertising on X amid concerns over antisemitism, including a post from Musk himself.
“Go [expletive] yourself,” the billionaire said in an interview.
The Tesla and SpaceX boss apologised on Wednesday for that post, saying it might be the “dumbest” thing he has ever shared online.
But it was his response to a question about an advertising boycott by companies including Disney, Apple and Comcast that caused a stir at the gathering of leaders from the worlds of business, politics and culture. “I don’t want them to advertise,” Musk said at the New York Times’ DealBook Summit. “If someone is going to blackmail me with advertising or money go [expletive] yourself.
Go. [Expletive]. Yourself. Is that clear? Hey Bob, if you’re in the audience, that’s how I feel.”
He was apparently referring to Disney chief executive Bob Iger, who spoke at the summit earlier in the day.
In the room with Musk was Linda Yaccarino, X’s chief executive, who has been charged with trying to bring back advertisers to the platform.Musk also said that advertisers could kill X. “What this advertising boycott is going to do is it’s going to kill the company,” he said. “The whole world will know those advertisers killed the company, and we will document it in great detail,” he added.
Ms Yaccarino has since reposted what she called his “candid interview”, adding her perspective on advertising that “X is standing at a unique and amazing intersection of Free Speech and Main Street — and the X community is powerful and is here to welcome you”.
Musk has been on a visit to Israel after he last month appeared to personally back an antisemitic conspiracy theory. “I’m sorry for that tweet… it might be literally the worst and dumbest post that I’ve ever done,” he said on Wednesday. The boycott isn’t just to do with that post, though.
Many advertisers had already decided to spend their dollars elsewhere.
ILO together with EFC launches pilot project to address employee grievances at the workplace
Five companies volunteer to participate in the project
By Sanath Nanayakkare
Grievance handling in Human Resource Management (HRM) refers to the process by which employee complaints, concerns, or disputes are formally addressed and resolved. The goal is to provide a structured channel for employees to express their concerns or report issues they are facing in the workplace for the benefit of the company, the management and the employees.
True to those values, the International Labour Organization (ILO) recently invited the Employers’ Federation of Ceylon (EFC) to initiate a pilot project to launch Grievance Handling Guidelines that were formulated through several workshops conducted in 2019 in consultation with ILO constituents.
Giriulla Mills Ltd, HNB Assurance Ltd, HNB General Insurance Ltd, Cambio Software Engineering and Taj Bentota Resort and Spa, volunteered to participate in this project. They represented the manufacturing, finance, IT, and hospitality sectors respectively. The pilot project was formally launched on 20th September 2022.
EFC’s team of trainers visited these selected companies and engaged in discussions with their management to gain insights into their existing employee grievance handling systems.
They also gathered feedback from employees to assess their satisfaction with present grievance mechanisms. Based on the findings, EFC team developed customised grievance handling policies aligned with each organisation’s culture and specific requirements of each company to ensure practical implementation of the same.
All these grievance policies were designed in adherence to the Guidelines on Grievance Handling which were established for Sri Lanka in 2019 through workshops conducted by the ILO.
Following the development of these policies, four training sessions were conducted for the management teams of the participating companies. During these training sessions, the policies were presented in detail. The sessions also aimed to provide a comprehensive understanding of what constitutes employee grievances, the importance of addressing them promptly and the potential consequences if grievances are left unattended.
In addition to policy dissemination, the training sessions also focused on equipping managers with the necessary skills to effectively handle employee grievances. This included discussions on communication strategies, conflict resolution techniques, and the importance of empathy and active listening when addressing employee concerns.
Rage Coffee forays into Sri Lanka market
The brand has secured investment from Virat Kohli
Rage Coffee, an internationally acclaimed coffee brand, was launched in Sri Lanka recently.
Originating in 2018 from the visionary mind of Bharat Sethi, Rage Coffee emerged to address the dearth of high-quality artisanal coffee in the Indian market. It fills the void with a unique plant-based, vitamin-enriched coffee selection.
A notable milestone for Rage Coffee was securing investment from Virat Kohli during its initial seed round. Kohli, known for his discerning brand choices, not only invested but also became the official brand ambassador, accentuating the brand’s quality.
Sourcing beans from Ethiopia and India, Rage crystallizes them, preserving a distinct nutty and earthy flavor profile. The brand’s proprietary blend, boasting 100% plant-based ingredients, eliminates harmful waste elements found in other leading coffees, prioritizing nutritional value. Each serving packs an impressive 120mg of caffeine, offering a superior boost to kickstart one’s day compared to standard brands.
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