IGP wants tourist cops to learn Chinese Hindi and French

Speaking on behalf of the SLTDA, its Chairman Kavan Ratnayaka said the state tourism institution would extend its maximum support to the Tourist Police Division, as protecting tourists is a key priority for the government and the SLTDA would go to any length to achieve it. (Colombo Gazette) At the meeting, the IGP also said a new uniform would be introduced  to the Tourist Police Division, allowing it to build more cordial relations with the tourists visiting Sri Lanka. He also added that measures would be made to give more training opportunities to officers attached to the Tourist Police Division.“Officers of the Tourist Police Division should pay special attention to language  training.  In addition to English, they should also learn widely used  international languages such as Chinese, Hindi and French,” the IGP said, while promising to expand training opportunities to the Tourist Police.“Members of the Tourist Police Force,” the IGP said, ” must work closely with the SLTDA and other institutions involved in the Tourism sector. At the same time, the Tourist Police Division should be a brand by itself adding value to Sri Lanka’s reputation as a safe destination,” Jayasundara said. The new Police stations will be constructed with the instance of the SLTDA and they will be strategically positioned covering all main tourist destinations in the country.“We have to understand the important role played by the tourism sector in the country’s economy. In a few years, it is expected to become the largest foreign exchange earner for the country. Therefore, ensuring safety of the foreigners visiting Sri Lanka will be a top priority for the Police force,” IGP said. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara says officers of the Tourist Police Division should learn widely used international languages such as Chinese, Hindi and French.He said that 25 new Tourist Police stations would be established across the country to ensure the safety of tourists. The IGP made this assurance during a meeting held with the Chairman and senior officials of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) and the officers of the Tourist Police Division, at the Police Headquarters in Colombo, SLTDA said in a statement today. read more

CV Show gains international recognition for 2013

The 2013 Commercial Vehicle Show has received international recognition from the automotive industry’s global body, OICA (Organisation Internationale des Constructeurs d’Automobiles). The international status reflects the global significance of the UK road transport industry and the success of the Show.OICA accredits a limited number of car and commercial vehicle exhibitions around the world, marking the event’s significance with regard to its role in the global automotive sector. The Birmingham show is now one of only eight specialist commercial vehicle exhibitions to be recognised by the industry body, alongside equivalent shows in Hanover and Amsterdam (RAI).The Commercial Vehicle Show is owned by the CV Show LLP, comprising the Road Haulage Association, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders and IRTE Services Ltd, the trading company of the SOE (Society of Operations Engineers).Commenting on the announcement, SMMT Chief Executive, Paul Everitt said, “The CV Show is already the UK’s largest road transport event but with OICA’s accreditation, it is now recognised as one of the most influential and important events on the global calendar. This year’s Show has proved to be a resounding success and our new international status will help to build recognition of the important role of the UK road transport industry.”Geoff Dunning, Chief Executive of the RHA commented, “This recognition is a real boost for the CV Show, reflecting the growing interest in the UK market around the world. We already attract exhibitors from such countries as China and Turkey, and this additional exposure should extend our reach to an even wider market.”SOE Chief Executive Nick Jones echoes the reaction to the OICA announcement, saying, “OICA accreditation is most welcome and acknowledges the increasing importance of the CVShow. The CV Show’s new status is confirmation the UK is making a significant impact in this global industry, and the event has proven to be one of the key international commercial vehicle trade shows.”To find out more about the CV Show, go to www.cvshow.comClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more