Business and Economics
Jetwing Yala recognised as Lanka’s Leading Family Resort 2023 by World Travel Awards

Jetwing Yala, at the edge of Sri Lanka’s most popular wildlife park, has once again clinched the prestigious title of “Sri Lanka’s Leading Family Resort” at the esteemed World Travel Awards in 2023. This remarkable recognition marks the third triumph for Jetwing Yala, having previously received this accolade in 2015 and 2016, while maintaining its status as a constant nominee since 2017.

The award acts as a testimony to Jetwing Yala’s unwavering commitment to delivering exceptional warmth and hospitality to its cherished guests.

Jetwing Yala boasts a refreshing 75-meter-long swimming pool, a blissful spa, and a coastline protected by professional lifeguards.

Jetwing Yala also stands as a testament to sustainable living, housing several of Jetwing’s pioneering sustainability initiatives.
Fox Jaffna wins Leading Heritage Hotel/Resort at SATA Awards

Fox Jaffna, a heritage hotel located in the heart of Jaffna, was bestowed with the prestigious Award for Leading Heritage Hotel/Resort in South Asia at the 7th Annual South Asian Travel Awards (SATA) ceremony held in Bangalore, India on October 10.

Built in 1908 originally as the residence of an illustrious family from Jaffna, Fox Jaffna has seamlessly integrated the echoes of its past with the elegance of modern luxury and has become a living testament to the region’s rich culture and heritage.

Operated by the Capital Maharaja Group, this property through the years, has embodied the history of Jaffna, witnessing the city during its glory days, its resilience through the war era when bunkers were installed within its premises by insurgents, and now,

“Training high school graduates to address the shortage of skilled workforce in Sri Lanka’s IT sector is essential” – Kanaka Herath

The State Minister for Technology, Mr. Kanaka Herath, highlighted the pressing need to equip high school graduates with the necessary skills to bridge the workforce gap in the Information Technology (IT) sector in Sri Lanka. Every year, there are approximately 20,000 job opportunities within the IT sector, yet a deficit of adequately trained professionals persists.

He further emphasized that while about 10,000 IT graduates emerge from both public and private universities each year, additional efforts are required to equip young individuals who have completed their A-Levels with the skills necessary to meet the remaining labour force requirement.

These remarks were made during his participation in a press conference at the Presidential Media Centre (PMC) today (19) on the subject of the ‘International Education Forum – 2023,’ organized by the Education Division of the Federation of Information Technology Industry Sri Lanka (FITIS). This forum is scheduled to take place at the Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall (BMICH) in Colombo on November 3, in conjunction with the ‘INFOTEL ICT’ exhibition.

Continuing his remarks, Minister Herath stated:

“Many believe that our current education system requires reform, making the Sri Lanka Information Technology Industry Federation’s initiative timely and essential. Professionals well-versed in technology play a critical role in driving our national economy. Simultaneously with adopting new technologies, it is imperative to revamp our existing education system.

Annually, the IT industry generates approximately 20,000 job opportunities, while only 10,000 IT professionals are available. This glaring gap in the information technology sector in our nation must be addressed by utilizing high school graduates. Our government is committed to this endeavour.