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ASMET participated for Provincial Level Tourism Training and Education Stakeholders Meeting - SLITHM Colombo
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SL Tourism to launch US$ 20 mn digital marketing program in May.
SL Tourism will go into a different era of promotional activities, asserted Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Chairman Udaya Nanayakkara, addressing the 11th AGM of the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism (ASMET) on Friday in Colombo.

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ASMET 11th AGM held at Monara restaurant Ceylon hotel school on 24.44.2017
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Asmet participated the exhibition at World Travel Market (WTM) 2017, London.
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ASMET at Busan Travel Fair in South Korea.
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Interview with ASMET Executive Committee Member Ms. Arosha Jayasundera - Biz1st in focus TV1
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Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority to celebrate World Tourism Day 2017. Asmet  participated the exhibition at Independence Square Arcade, Colombo 07.

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Participated for Tourism Digital Marketing and Social Media Marketing work shop held at Taj Samudra Hotel, Colombo.

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ASMET donates cookware sets to Flood relief in Kalutara district through Sri Lanka Tourism
With help of our great members we have donated cookware sets to  people affected in Kalutara. ASMET President handed over cookware sets to Chairman Sri Lanka Tourism to be distributed in Kalutara district.
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Sri Lanka’s first own travel fair, ‘Gateway to South Asia 2017’ was launched at the ITB Berlin by the Minister of Tourism Development, Lands and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunga. The event will be held from May 4 to 7 in Colombo.

"I would like to invite journalists to attend 'Gateway to South Asia' International Travel Fair in Colombo in May and experience first-hand all that Sri Lanka has to offer," Minister said at the Sri Lankan press conference at the ITB, organized by Sri Lanka Tourism as part of its ITB programme in Berlin.

This year the press conference was packed to capacity with some foreign journalists and travel writers even sitting on the ground to capture the money, clearly indicating the interest for Sri Lanka as a destination and to gather more information.

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Sri Lankan companies receive Travelife awards for sustainable tourism.
ITB Berlin
The award winners with Tourism Minister John Amaratunga and Chairman, Sri Lanka Tourism, Paddy Withana.
During the ITB tourism trade fair in Berlin, six Sri Lankan companies received the Travelife awards for sustainable tourism. The companies are working with the Dutch Centre for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries. (CBI)

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ASMET At Vakentiburuae in Netherlands 2017
SABIT Program: Destination Tourism for Sri Lanka 2016
The U.S. Department of Commerce's SABIT Program hosted a group of 21 tourism professionals from Sri Lanka. The delegation spent two and a half weeks in the United States and met with their colleagues in the tourism industry. Here, several delegates reflect on the program.
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ASMET organized work shop held on 23 rd January 2017 at Wayaba (North Western Province) for members.
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Asmet participated for the CALIDO FESTA 2017.
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FCCSIL, ASMET and AIE add value in leisure sector.
The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka (ASMET) was recognized as vital tourism association at its 10th Annual General Meeting on 25th November 2016 in Colombo.
FCCSIL, ASMET and AIE add value in leisure sector.

At the recent Hospitality and Food Asia Exhibition held at the SLECC on Friday 30 September, a joint presentation on Lean Tools was set up by the FCCSIL and ASMET and facilitated by the Asian Institute of Excellence on Lean Tools for the leisure sector. 

FCCSIL Director Armil Sammoon addressed the audience at the outset. He mentioned that hotels need to provide international standards in their quality of service to attract customers. This covers areas such as rooms, F&B, etc. This is going to become increasingly important in the next three years. Adding value to the overall offering will be key to attracting returning customers.

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ASMET Awareness Seminar On Tourism & Hospitality Business Enhancement For SME Sector in Anuradhapura.
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ASMET team returns after attending SABIT in USA

Members of ASMET Association of Small & Medium Enterprises in Tourism recently returned from USA following a 3 weeks Special American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT )at the invitation of the U. S. Department of Commerce on Destination Tourism for Sri Lanka.

The program was held in Washington D.C. , Pensacola-Florida, New Orleans and New York.

The SABIT program was two fold. The first goal was to assist with improvement of the tourism industry in Sri Lanka by demonstrating the latest trends and marketing concepts through meetings with private companies, industry associations, government agencies and educational institutions. The second goal was to provide U.S. Companies with a unique opportunity to be directly involved in our region's growth by encouraging business relationships with Sri Lankan tourism professionals.

The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka, popularly known as ASMET, was founded in 2005 by the Core Group for Alternative Tourism, an initiative in co-operation with the "Value Chain Promotion Component (VCPC)" of the "Capacity Building for Competitiveness and Qualified Employment (CBCQE) Programme" of GTZ-Integration.

The formation of an umbrella organization for the SME sector in tourism has been in discussion among its stakeholders for more than a decade.

After two years of multi stakeholder consultation and careful deliberation, the Core Group Members were able to formalize the organization. ASMET was formerly launched by its members, at a simple ceremony in March 2006

Asmet participated for the Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program at Washington, DC , USA.

Asmet participated for the 6th Sancharaka Udawa 2016, the largest gathering of the local tourism industry during the month of May 2016.

The exhibition will showcase many small, medium and large enterprises and entrepreneurs of the tourism industry on a single platform, creating an opportunity to come together and make it known to those in the tourism sector.

A team of representatives of the South Asian Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism met with Minister Daya Gamage at the primary industries ministry at Battaramulla yesterday for discussions.

President of the association Mirza Nurul Ghani Shovon and other Indian and Bangladeshi entrepreneurs expressed interest in investing in Sri Lanka's primary industries sector and in the import-export trade.

ASMET organized and hosted the South Asian Counties SME Forum meeting in Colombo on Friday. Many delegates from India and Bangladesh also participated in the event.


ASMET participated for the South Asian Countries SEM summit 2016 at Dhaka, Bangladesh.


ASMET was invited to participate at the above summit held in Dhaka, Bangladesh, from 21st & 22nd February 2016 The immediate past President Mr Sam Tegal, the assistant General Secretary and Ms Arosha Jayasundara Committiee member represented Sri Lanka with Sam Tegal as the leader of the delegation.

Small & medium entrepreneurs  from  India, Pakistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan, Maldives , Bangladesh & Sri Lanka participated at this conference. The main purpose of the meeting was to Inter connect small & medium entrepreneurs to develop the SME sector in the Region.

ASMET has invited to have the next conference in SRI LANKA and the executive committee has decided to have the regional preparatory meeting to decide between Nepal & Sri Lanka.

At the conclusion of the meeting Sam Tegal was elected as Vice President of the South Asian Countries
For the next term of the Executive Committee.

Minister recognizes ASMET as vital tourism arm at 9th AGM.
The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka (ASMET) was recognized as vital tourism association at its 9th Annual General Meeting on Friday in Colombo.

Rohan Abeywickrama was appointed as President of the association for 2015-16.

Christian Affairs and Tourism Minister John Amaratunga the chief guest at the event said the government had recognized ASMET as a vital arm in Sri Lanka's Tourism Industry.

The minister pledged the government's full support to ASMET and assured to address grievances and provide solutions.

Amaratunga said he will also discuss with other related organizations such as the airport, immigration and other departments and authorities to iron out problems faced by the ASMET.

Immediate Past President ASMET Sam Tegal in his message said ASMET is growing from strength to strength with 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," the message said.

Over 60 ASMET members participated in AGM from around the island representing hotels and guest houses, travel agents and tour operators and restaurants.

The Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka popularly known as ASMET, was founded in 2005 by the Core Group for Alternative Tourism, an initiative in co operation with the 'Value Chain Promotion Component (VCPC)' of the 'Capacity Building for Competitiveness and Qualified Employment (CBCQ) Programme' of GTZ-INTEGRATION.
ASMET organized workshop for members.
Business Excellence through lean practices in Tourism held on 17th September 2015 at Colombo Conference rooms, 97, Galle road, Colombo 03 from 8.30 a.m. to 1.30 p.m.
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ASMET congratulates Premier
The Association of Small & Medium Enterprise in Tourism Sri Lanka (ASMET) congratulates Ranil Wickramasinghe, Leader of the United National Party on being re-elected as Prime Minister, following the victory the United National Front for Good Governance at the last General Election.

ASMET said it would continue its support to the government in fulfilling its objectives to make tourism the leading industry of the country and increase foreign exchange earnings. ASMET wishes to strengthen the relationship and work closely with the government to develop and protect the small & medium entrepreneurs in the industry.
LBCH partners with ASMET to drive HIV&AIDS awareness
The Lanka Business Coalition on HIV and AIDS (LBCH) recently signed a Memorandum Understanding (MoU) with the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism Sri Lanka (ASMET) with the aim of promoting HIV & AIDS awareness among its members.
ASMET President Sam Tegal signed the MoU on behalf of the ASMET and LBCH Chairperson Nadija Tambiah on behalf of the LBCH. LBCH Director Ayomi Fernando and LBCH Coordinator Rukmani Rathnayake presented the services offered by the LBCH and how the partnership with the ASMET and LBCH is envisaged.

In terms of the MoU, the ASMET will provide access to its members in the leisure sector to the awareness sessions offered by the LBCH. The LBCH has been instrumental in conducting peer education and sensitization programmes free of charge for its member associations.with the aim of preventing the spread of HIV&AIDS in the country.
The 2015 LBCH focus has been on the hotels and tourism sector, due to its higher vulnerability. The LBCH has already initiated several training/awareness creation programmes for this sector. Working with the ASMET provides an important opportunity for the LBCH to reach a larger number of businesses involved in this sector, as well as to target communities and persons connected with the industry who may be especially at risk.  

The LBCH is a non-profit coalition of individual corporates, which has partnered with organisations such as the National STD/AIDS Control Programme of the Health Ministry, Labour Ministry, ILO, UNAIDS, Chambers of Commerce, Hotel Association in Sri Lanka and Employers' Federation of Ceylon to address the critical issue of HIV and AIDS awareness and prevention.

Tegal said HIV and AIDS being a national problem all we need to do us joining hands together to overcome this issue. Further, he requested his members to take advantage of the MoU entered into between the two bodies to take the message of HIV awareness and prevention to a wide audience.
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