SUSL Staff Directory

Mr. Namal Wijesundara

Senior Lecturer

namal@mgt.sab.ac.lk

Qualifications

Master of Tourism Economics & Hotel Management, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka, 2016.

B.Sc. Tourism Management (Special), Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka, 2006.

Diploma in Airline Ticketing, Reservation and Marketing, International Airline Ticketing Academy (IATA), Sri Lanka, 2004.

Professional Certificate in Adventure, Nature and Ecotourism Training Programme, Sri Lanka Ecotourism Foundation (SLEF), Sri Lanka, 2008.

Certificate Course in Teaching in Higher Education (CTHE), 2013


Profile

Mr. Namal Wijesundara received his Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Tourism  Management degree from the Department of Tourism Management, Faculty of Management Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (SUSL) in 2006 and gained his Master of Arts (MA) in Tourism Economics and Hotel Management from the Department of Economics, University of Colombo in 2016. Mr.Namal started his professional career as a Tour Executive in one of the leading inbound travel companies, Asian Exotice (Pvt) Ltd. While working in Asian Exotica, he got foreign opportunity to join with Maldivian Inbound travel company “Summer Holidays” and worked in Maldives for a short period. In 2008, Mr. Namal could join with one of the leading INGOs in Sri Lanka “Mercy Corps” as the Tourism Officer for home district of Hambantota. During the stay in Mercy Corps, he could able to develop tourism & tourism entrepreneurs in many ways. Mr.Namal joined with the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka in 2009 as a Temporary lecturer. He joined with the Department of Tourism Management in Faculty of Management Studies in 2009 and he was promoted as a probationary lecturer in 2010 and promoted to the senior lecturer position in 2016. Currently he is conducting lecturers on “Tours and travel agency operations”, “Front office management”, “Tourism resources & recreation management”, and “Service quality management”.  He also conducts visiting lectures in some of the tourism education institutes in Sri Lanka such as University college in Rathmalana, University college in Batangala, Metropolitan University….etc. Mr. Namal is the current coordinator of the “Practical Training Unit “ in Faculty of Management studies, SUSL and he is the current coordinator of the Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management offered by the Centre for Open and Distance Learning (CODL), SUSL.


Membership of Professional Bodies/Associations

2016- Present - Senior Lecturer at the Department of Tourism Management

2010-2016 - Probationary Lecturer at the Department of Tourism Management

2009 -2010 – Temporary lecturer at the Department of Tourism Management

2008 – 2009 – Tourism Officer in Mercy Corps (INGO)

2007- 2008 – Tour Executive in Summer Holidays, Maldives

2006 -2007 – Tour Executive in Asian Exotica (Pvt) Ltd, Sri Lanka


Research Interests

Community participation for Tourism

Alternative Tourism


Recent Publications

Book Chapter:

  • C.N.R.Wijesundara, Iraj Rathnayake and Herath Madana Bandara, (2012). Volatility of Tourism and Development: Sri Lanka Experience. Issues in Development, Chapter 15, P.301-327.

Research papers

  • C.N.R.Wijesundara and Rev.W.Wimalarathna, 2016. Community participation in Tourism benefits sharing schemes of Sri Lanka: A case study of Arugam Bay destination, ISER International Conferene, Bangkok, Thailand, P 58-62.
  • C.N.R.Wijesundara and R.A.C.Ushantha, 2016. Barriers to community participation in Tourism Businesses in Sri Lanka: A case study of Arugam Bay destination, ISER International Conferene, Bangkok, Thailand, P 86-90.
  • H.R.Sampath, C.N.R.Wijesundara and Rasika D.G.L, 2016. IS corporate social responsibility activities impact to financial performance of financial companies, ISER International Conferene, Bangkok, Thailand, P 63-67.
  • C.N.R Wijesundara, 2012. Movement Patterns of Tourists in Sri Lanka: Analysing the differences between Package travellers and Backpackers. International Symposium of Uva Wellassa University: Meeting Global Challenges Through Knowledge and Wisdom. 22nd-23rd November, 2012. P.592
  • C.N.R.Wijesundara, 2014. The Analysis of Guests’ Profile for Adventure Sport Tourism, Sri Lanka: Special reference to Kithulgala Tourism Region. International Conference on Business and Information: University of Kelaniya. 21st-22nd November, 2014.
  • C.N.R Wijesundara, 2014. Evaluating the Adoption of Internet and Web Technologies for Hotel Marketing to improve Marketing Intelligence in Sri Lankan Hotel Industry. International Symposium of Uva Wellassa University: 05th -06th January, 2015.
  • C.N.R Wijesundara & W.K.A.C.Gnanapala, 2015. Issues & challenges face by Home-stay operators in Sri Lanka. Tropical Tourism outlook Conference – 28th & 29th July 2015, Lombok, Indonesia.
  • C.N.R.Wijesundara Wijesundara, 2017. Adoption of Sustainable Tourism Practices by Hotel Operators in Deep South of Sri Lanka. 6th International Conference on Paradigm Shift in Global Business Practices and Socio-Economic Development - 09th December 2017, Indore, India
  • R.A.C.Ushantha, E.B.Chathuranga & C.N.R.Wijesundara, 2017. Analysing the Service Quality of Tuk Tuk Transportation as the mode of Tourists Transporatation in Sri Lanka. 6th International Conference on Paradigm Shift in Global Business Practices and Socio-Economic Development - 09th December 2017, Indore, India.
  • R.S.S.W.Arachchi, C.N.R.Wijesundara & A.A.M.D.Amarasinghe, 2017. The Study on Level of Visitor Satisfaction at Different Park Attributes of Yala National Park, Sri Lanka. 6th International Conference on Paradigm Shift in Global Business Practices and Socio-Economic Development - 09th December 2017, Indore, India.