16 December, 2018

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Dinesh Weerakkody To Be Appointed PM’s “Point Person” For Tourism Promotions

Top corporate leader and a close associate of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, Dinesh Weerakkody is entrusted with the task of resurrecting the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Bureau (SLTPB), which is currently in the doldrums, Colombo Telegraph learns.

Dinesh Weerakkody

Werakkody is likely to be appointed the Prime Minister’s “Point Person” to the SLTPB, the institution responsible for Sri Lanka’s tourism promotion overseas. The SLTPB’s priority project – its digital marketing campaign – is yet to see the light of day due to multiple delays, much to the consternation of the industry. The campaign was initially scheduled to take off early this year.

As a result of this setback, SLTPB’s Managing Director Sutheash Balasubramanium has also come under pressure to quit his post. Balasubramanium’s lukewarm performance has been identified as a key reason for the delayed digital marketing campaign which has already frustrated the tourism industry.

Dehan Seneviratne was recently appointed the new Chairman of the SLTPB. The appointment, Colombo Telegraph learns, has been made based on Weerakkody’s recommendation.

Weerakkody has been selected by the Prime Minister as his “Point Person” to the SLTPB due to his strong credentials as a corporate leader and his close ties with Tourism Minister John Amaratunga and the SLTPB’s newly appointed Chairman. Weerakkody, currently a Senior Advisor to the Tourism Ministry and a member of the Tourism Task Force (TTF), is the son-in-law of Amaratunga.

Therefore, Weerakkody is expected to play a crucial role at the top tier of the SLTPB, coordinating the Prime Minister, the Ministry and the SLTPB’s senior management. His immediate responsibility would be to ensure implementation of the SLTPB’s digital marketing campaign which, according to the Prime Minister, is currently “going nowhere”.

In addition to his role in the government sector, Weerakkody is also the Chairman of the Hatton National Bank. one of the country’s most experienced bank directors, he has also functioned as the Chairman of Commercial Bank and as a board director of DFCC Bank Plc.

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    ” Weerakkody, currently a Senior Advisor to the Tourism Ministry and a member of the Tourism Task Force (TTF), is the son-in-law of Amaratunga.”
    Well, Arjuna Mahendran and Donald Trump are leaders in this business of son-in-law links. Let’s hope Dinesh with his so far impeccable record is capable of running HNB from the Prison Hospital.

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      Dinesh should not get caught up in junk assignments . He is a credible and a very capable person. He is the Chairman of the International Chamber. He Should use that and do something good for the private sector , without getting destroyed by his friend Ranil. He destroyed Arjuna and now the party

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      Isn’t he the guy who wanted to become the governor of the Central Bank ??

      Harry J bailed him out by appointing him as chairman of HNB.

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    “………, Dinesh Weerakkody is entrusted with the task of resurrecting the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotional Bureau (SLTPB), which is currently in the doldrums,………”.
    SLTPB in doldrums? The whole country is in doldrums.
    Doldrum in a doldrum! Life must be interesting there!

  • 3
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    Oh what a circus oh what a show!

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    I heard he supports Tamils and Muslims. All politicians are pretending to be patriotic, but they are not

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    “Weerakkody has been selected by the Prime Minister as his “Point Person” to the SLTPB due to his strong credentials as a corporate leader and his close ties with Tourism Minister John Amaratunge a “

    If he is the son in law of Amarathunge then that is nepotism. He should be scaked from tourism

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    what can you expect from a theravada buddhist who spends his time worshpping in hindu temples dragging his wife along all he does is making promises which he cant keep
    the unp has become a son in law party no longer uncle nephew

  • 5
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    A man who could not cure his father in law’s sexual pervatism, how can he hold such huge portfolios? This is a shameful family – Amarathungas and Weerakkodys.

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      What disgusting thoughts. Why don’t you offer some free sex advice to the aging minister? Disgraceful thoughts

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    There were a few follow up article to the one that appeared in CT of 17 May 2018 “John’s Advisor Felix Rodrigo In Hot Water Over Attempt To Siphon Off ‘Tourism Money’ To Brother’s Company”.
    The Dinesh Weerakkody appointment has the hall marks of a band-aid repair.
    Not another corruption/nepotism/impunity case one hopes.

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    To me, this is yet another appointment. Just because one rascal, unconventionally appointed, is now a wanted man for the bond scam, it is not fair to prejudge everyone in the same view. The guy can be judged only by his performance. So let us publish and talk about what he actually delivers and not merely the appointment it self, for the current administration is known to make a string of unconventional appointments.

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    K.Pillai- Doldrums is ranil’s motto

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    A digital marketing campaign should not take such a long time especially when tourism is our bread and butter and is a source of livelihoods for many in Sri Lanka. We had a 30 year war and the hotel owners and employees suffered the most. Even with this 30 years slump, if we continue to delay it shows our inefficiency and lethargy. All those responsible for the delays should be packed off and “Doers’ should be appointed. We don’t want people to enjoy salary and perks at the cost of the tax payer.

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    Was it his track record or nepotism & cronyism that landed him with all these top banking jobs? We should see his true colours soon, till then he should be given the benefit of the doubt.

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    Didn’t this chap write an article praising Donald Trumps economic successes, just the other day?
    Has anyone checked if he’s head is still stuck up his arse?
    Even my American friends can’t help laughing at his stupid analysis.
    And, this is the type of expert at the disposal of the Sri Lankan govt.
    God help us all!

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      To be fair, most of the articles are written by others whose only way of publishing them is for him to put his name on it. The chap probably didn’t even know what had been written in it when it was published.

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