Open up career prospects locally and globally
with internationally recognized hotel& hospitality programs.

Established in 1964, the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM) is the only government-approved premier Institute in Sri Lanka under Ministry of Tourism. The purpose of this establishment was to train young men and women to advance further into the hospitality and travel industry. SLITHM is managed by the Ministry of Tourism. Further, in order to facilitate students island-wide, provincial schools have been set up in Anuradhapura, Bandarawela, Kandy, Koggala, Ratnapura, Kurunegala, Jaffna and Batticaloa. Following the ever-expanding tourism sector in the country with developments in the travel & hospitality industry, the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management provides sound professional training to cater to the fast-developing needs of the local and international hotel and tourism industries with the best trained and most highly motivated management professionals. During the first 10 years, the focus was to train personnel for top and middle management positions in the industry, supplemented with a program of short courses at the craft level, which provided the manpower for the various departments in the hospitality trade. Over the years SLITHM has fine-tuned its programs to meet the specific needs of Sri Lankans and Asia's changing industry-wide market needs and new schemes of training are introduced frequently with opportunities to specialize in industry-specific areas. The scheme allows students to be more flexible in the choice of training and provides multiple entry-exit points. It also recognizes prior learning, which benefits those who have gained hands-on experience in the industry and who wish to acquire further knowledge through a sound professional qualification.


Our students are offered a world-class training and education


The professionals who teach are recognized and qualified.


Ethics and discipline are foremost in our curriculum.


Industrial growth is achieved in sustainable ways.


“To be the Center of Excellence in Training and Education for Human Resource Development of Tourism and Hospitality Industry in Asia”


Quality – We provide first class training and education programmes delivering the premium value to our students.

Equity – We ensure fair and more equal opportunities for every Sri Lankan to meet the required national and international standards of human resources of tourism and hospitality industry for the highest achievement and growth.

Integrity – We strive to uphold the highest standards of professional ethics and disciplines, together, across boundaries, to meet the training requirements of human resources for tourism and hospitality services.

Sustainability – We pursue institutional growth in both responsible and sustainable ways.


Identify, design and deliver training and education programmes in travel, tourism and hospitality management to produce the highest quality professionals for the tourism and hospitality industry.

Train the required manpower to meet the demand for tourism and hospitality industry by addressing ever changing and challenging trends in tourism and hospitality industry.

Deliver tourism and hospitality education and training on par with national and international standards while promoting Sri Lankan hospitality and its values to global heights.

Provide equal opportunities and create an equitable working environment for all youths living in different parts of the country while ensuring sustainable growth in the tourism and hospitality industry.

Expand the capacity of delivering tourism and hospitality education by creating partnership with local and international education entities in a mutually beneficial manner.

To demonstrate excellence through research in tourism and hospitality that adds to international knowledge and connectedness.

Hon.Harin Fernando
Minister of Tourism & Lands
Mr. Somaratne Vidanapathirana
Secretary of the Ministry of
Tourism & Lands
Mr.Shirantha Peiris
Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism &
Hotel Management
Ms. Jeevanthie Senanayake
Director General / CEO
Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism &
Hotel Management

Our Achievements

As testimonies to our excellence, we have garnered an accolade of awards which prove to our ever-growing community that we are highly recognized in what we do. Our courses ensure the highest quality and are recognized on a national level.

Governing Body

Our governing body is the key pillar of strength of the institute. They guide the institute towards its strategic vision and mission facilitating continuous organizational growth. The governing body consists of the best professionals with diverse areas of industry expertise.

The governing body of SLITHM includes Industry experts, highly academic experts and policy makers with years of experience behind them. They play a key role in the management of the entire organization. They work in collaboration with the ACADAMIC AND non-academic staff ensuring the proper administration of the academic.