SLITHM to set up state-of-the-art laundry and pastry shop
A state-of-the-art laundry and pastry shop would be set up at the Sri
Lanka Institute of Tourism and Hotel Management (SLITHM), said its
Chairman Chandra Mohotti. The main objective of this move is to give
students a real life situation and not to earn money.
This would enable the students to go out to the industry as
professionals with a huge demand, he said
“Approximately over 20,000 hotel rooms would be opening in the coming
three years. However if the craft level of staff is not competent
eventually service standards will drop and this is the type of people
they cannot import.
G S Wijewardene
"So our challenge is now to upgrade and make competent that level of
people. We are also installing other disciplines. Generally the
disciplines here have been food and beverage, room service, cookery and
"We will be introducing next month a laundry and we plan next to open
a bakery. We intend to convert it into the best pastry shop in town,
where all activities would be done by students. What we are trying to
achieve is a model hotel. All hotel schools in the world are not
boutique hotels or five star hotels, but model hotels,” said Mohotti, at
a reception held in Colombo.
"People are building hotels and in our parlance we call it hardware.
However you cannot manage the hardware without software. We will be the
most sought after software producing unit hopefully in the region.
"We are challenged today for this purpose and major changes in the
top management has been already done to face this challenge," he said.
G S Wijewardene, has been promoted as Director General /CEO, SLITHM.
Wijewardene joined the Ceylon Hotel School, Kandy (now the SLITHM
Provincial College, Kandy) in 1993 while it was still in its infancy. He
served as the lecturer in charge of the Food & Beverage Course until
1999 when he was appointed to the post of senior lecturer.
In 2006 he was appointed as senior lecturer in charge in addition to
his responsibilities as the Food & Beverage lecturer and carried out
both roles simultaneously until 2009. He was appointed as Principal of
the SLITHM Provincial College, Kandy in January 2011. He served as the
Acting Deputy Director General and subsequently Acting Director General
prior to being appointed to his present position as Director General/CEO
– SLITHM in August 2012.
Furthermore, Pramod Kulatunga who was the principal at the Koggala
Hotel School has been brought back to Colombo as the Deputy Director