Renowned business personality, Kishu Gomes was appointed as the Chairman of Sri Lanka’s leading tourism institutions, SLTDA and SLTPB on February 6.
Renowned business personality, Kishu Gomes took over as the Chairman of both Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau (SLTPB) and Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) on February 6.
Gomes resigned as the Manager Director/CEO at Chevron Lubricants Lanka PLC, ending a 22-year career at the multinational company in May 2018. He has served as President of the American Chamber of Commerce and was also the Senior Vice-Chairman of the Chartered Institute of Marketing, UK local branch.
In late 2018, he headed the jury of the sixth annual Sri Lanka Tourism Awards, where he had the opportunity to meet and talk to several hoteliers and industry leaders. Gomes believes that this particular occasion would have played a key role in him being recommended to take up the tourism offices.
Gomes will oversee operations of SLTPB and SLTDA, which will have its own independent Board of Directors. Industry players also hope that the appointment could also propel the delayed three-year tourism promotional campaign worth three billion rupees and build on the momentum that Sri Lanka has received worldwide in the past five months.