SUSL Staff Directory

Dr. ATHULA Gnanapala

Senior Lecturer

gnanapala@mgt.sab.ac.lk

Qualifications

PhD. in Tourism Management, Xiamen University, P.R. China (2011)

M.Sc. Management – University of Sri Jayewardenepura (2003)

B.Sc. Tourism Management (Special) (Second Class Upper Division) – Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka (1997)


Profile

Dr. Athula Gnanapala is a Senior Lecturer attached to the Dept. of Tourism Management, Faculty of Management Studies, Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka. Presently, he also serves as the Head of the department Programme Coordinator of the M.Sc. in Ayurvedic Hospital Management Programme. Dr. Gnanapala obtained his first degree, B.Sc. in Tourism Management from the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka in 1997, after that he followed the M.Sc. in Management degree at the University of Sri Jayewardenapura. He has obtained his Doctoral degree in Tourism Management from the Xiamen University, P.R. China.

His research interests include consumer behavior in tourism including motivation, perception & satisfaction, sustainable tourism planning & development, tourism and green marketing etc. He has published his research findings in both national and international reputed journals and other publications. He disseminates his expertise as a reviewer of nationally and internally recognized journals, tourism consultant, editorial member, scientific committee member for international symposiums etc.


Recent Publications

Book Chapters

1. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2016). Peace Marketing And Tourism Development: Empirical Evidences From Sri Lanka. In A. Nedelea & M. Nedelea (Eds), Peace Marketing, Bucure┼čti: Editura Universitar─â. ISBN 978- 606-28-0469-5.

2. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2011). Strategy and Strategy Formulation: A Critique. In H.M. Bandara & K.R.H.L. Gunasekara (Ed.), Essays in Social Sciences, Colombo: S. Godage & Brothers. ISBN: 978-955-30- 3226-3.

3. Buultjens, J., Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. & Ratnayake, I. (2015). Sri Lanka and Tourism: The Need for a Green Economy Approach. In M. V. Reddy & K. Wilkes (Ed.), Tourism in the Green Economy, London Routledge. ISBN: 9780415709217.

4. Buultjens, J., Ratnayake, I. & Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2015). From Tsunami to Recovery: The Resilience of the Sri Lankan Tourism Industry. In B.W. Ritchie and K. Campiranon (Ed.), Tourism Crisis and Disaster Management in the Asia-Pacific. Oxfordshire: CBAI. ISBN: 9781780643250.

5. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2016). Destination Marketing Approaches for Wildlife Tourism. In J. K. Fatima (Eds), Wilderness of Wildlife Tourism. Waretown, NJ: Apple Academic Press. ISBN 9781771884815

6. Buultjens, J., Ratnayake, R., & Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2016). Managing Wildlife Tourism in Sri Lanka: Opportunities and Challenges. In J. K. Fatima (Eds), Wilderness of Wildlife Tourism. Waretown, NJ: Apple Academic Press. ISBN 9781771884815

7. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2015). Strategic Planning and Management in Developing Countries: Issues and Challenges. In H. M. Bandara (Ed.), Policy Issues and Development, Nugegoda: A Stamford Lake Publications. ISBN 978-955-658-413-4

8. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2016). Stakeholder Conflicts in Tourism: A Study of Hoteliers and Travel Agents in Sri Lanka. In Sustainable Tourism in the Global South; Eds. M. Aslam, M.J.M. Cooper, A. A. Lew, Nor’ain Othman, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p. 290 - 307. ISBN- 1443888184, 978-1-4438-8818-9

9. Samarathunga, W.H.M.S. & Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2016). Impact of All-inclusive Tour Packages with special reference to Bentota Tourist Resort. In Sustainable Tourism in the Global South; Eds. M. Aslam, M.J.M. Cooper, A. A. Lew, Nor’ain Othman, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, p.308-325. ISBN-1443888184, 978-1-4438-8818-9

Books

1. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2015). Travel Motives, Perception & Satisfaction. Saarbrücken: Scholars Press. ISBN: 978-3-639-76902-9

2. Ratnayake, K.M.M.I. and Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2000). Sri Lanka: Sabaragamuwa Province Insight Guide. Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka.

Research Papers

1. Buultjens, J., Ratnayake, I., Gnanapala, A., and Aslam, M. (2005). Tourism and its Implications for Management in Ruhuna National Park (Yala), Sri Lanka. Tourism Management, 26 (5): 733-742.

2. Buultjens, J., Ratnayake, I. & Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2015). Post-Conflict Tourism Development in Sri Lanka: Implications for Building Resilience. Current Issues in Tourism. 1-18.

3. Buultjens, J., Ratnayake, I., Gnanapala, A. (2016). Whale Watching in Sri Lanka: Perception of Sustainability. Tourism Management Perspective, 18, 125 - 133.

4. Sandaruwani, J.A.R.C. & Gnanapala, W.K. A.C. (2016). Food wastage and its impacts on sustainable business operations: a study on Sri Lankan Tourist Hotels. Procedia Food Science 6, 133 – 135.

5. Gnanapala W.K.A.C. (2014). Factors Affecting Customer Satisfaction Related to the Tourist Hotel Industry in Sri Lanka. Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Management, 2(7), 265-278.

6. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2015). Tourists Perception and Satisfaction: Implications for Destination Management. American Journal of Marketing Research, 1(1), 7-19.

7. Pathirana, D.P.U.T. & Gnanapala, W.K. A.C. (2015). Tourist Harassment at Cultural Sites in Sri Lanka. Tourism, Leisure and Global Change, 2, 42 - 56.

8. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2012). Destination Satisfaction and Behavioral Intentions of the Tourists: A Study on Sri Lanka. Wayamba Journal of Management, 3(1), 37-55.

9. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. & Wijesundara, N. (2012). Effective Marketing Practices for Sport Tourism: A Critique. Journal of Vishranthi, 2(2), 7 - 14.

10. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2015). Tourism in Developing Countries: Literacy Evidences. Journal of World Development Studies, 1(2), 1-18.

11. Namal, C.N.R. & Gnanapala, W.K. A.C. (2016). Difficulties and Challenges Associated with The Development of Homestay Tourism in Sri Lanka Tourism, Leisure and Global Change, 3, 90 - 104.

12. Jayasinghe M.K.D., Gnanapala W.K.A.C., & Sandaruwani J.A.R.C. (2015). Factors Affecting Tourists' Perception and Satisfaction in Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka. Ilorin Journal of Economic Policy, 2, 1-15.

13. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. & Sandaruwani, J.A.R.C. (2016). Socio-economic Impacts of Tourism Development and Their Implications on Local Communities. International Journal of Economics and Business Administration, 2(5), 59-67.

14. Kovilage, M.P. & Gnanapala, W.K. A.C. (2016). Intention of Foreign Tourists to Stay in Eco-Certified Accommodation: With Special Reference To Sri Lanka. Tourism, Leisure and Global Change, 3, 74 - 89.

15. Ekanayake, I.A. & Gnanapala, W.K. A.C. (2016). Travel Experiences and Behavioural Intentions of the Tourists: A Study on Eastern Province of Sri Lanka. Tourism, Leisure and Global Change, 3, 50 - 61.

16. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C & Karunathilaka, T.P. (2016). Community Perception on Tourism Development and its Impacts: A Study on Passikudha, Sri Lanka. Tourism, Leisure and Global Change, 3, 64 - 78.

17. Sandaruwani, J.A.R.C. & Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2016). The Role of Tourist Guides and their Impacts on Sustainable Tourism Development: A Critique on Sri Lanka. Tourism, Leisure and Global Change, 3, 62 - 73.

18. Sathiyaseelan, T. & Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2015). Service Quality and Patients’ Satisfaction on Ayurvedic Health Services. American Journal of Marketing Research, 1(3), 158-166.

19. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2012). Travel Motivations and Destination Selection: A Critique. International Journal of Research in Computer Application & Management, 2(1), 49-53.

20. Nayomi, G. & Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. (2015). Socio-Economic Impacts on Local Community through Tourism Development with Special Reference to Heritance Kandalama. Tourism, Leisure and Global Change, 2, 57 - 73.

21. Gnanapala, W.K.A.C. & Sandaruwani, J.A.R.C. (2016). Impacts of Tourism Development in Cultural and Heritage Sites: An Empirical Investigation. International Journal of Economics and Business Administration, 2(6), 68-78.