Archive for June, 2010

A critical review of the Responsible Tourism issues in Galle Fort, Sri Lanka using the triple bottom line approach.

As a UN World Heritage site, Galle Fort has enormous potential as a visitor attraction as well as significant potential in generating economic benefits to the residents of the fort. With the end of Sri Lanka’s 26 year conflict in May 2009 Galle Fort is experiencing increased numbers of tourists, particularly domestic tourists, placing pressure on all of its assets, both cultural and heritage. In addition in May 2008 UNESCO sent a reactive monitoring mission to Galle Fort to assess the state of its conservation after major concerns were expressed regarding the recent building of the international cricket stadium as well as plans to develop Galle Harbour. With these concerns raised and the absence of a tourism plan being implemented it is essential to critically review the triple bottom line responsible tourism issues of Galle Fort for it to remain as one of the best preserved living fortifications in Asia.

To read the full report click here –  Galle Fort Triple Bottom Line Responsible Tourism Issues

June 15, 2010 at 12:53 pm Leave a comment

Greening Sri Lanka Hotels

As a board member of the Responsible Tourism Partnership in Sri Lanka I have been involved in a new initiative called Green Sri Lanka Hotels (GSLH). The initiative was launched today and is designed to enhance the environmental performance of Sri Lanka’s hotels through improvement of energy, water and waste management systems, a reduction in the cost of operations and increase the market acceptance of Sri Lankan hotels through promoting them as low carbon foot print green hotels.

The main target groups of the project are small and medium scale tourist hotels as well as the key suppliers to the hotel industry in Sri Lanka.

Over a three year period the GSLH projects aims to get 350 hotels to improve their environmental performance through a reduction on an average of 20% for energy, waste and water consumption.

In terms of energy the hotel sector in Sri Lanka accounts for 4% to 5% of the national electricity demand and energy costs account for 18% of the total cost of operations in the hospitality sector.

The initial pilot project was spearheaded by The Responsible Tourism Partnership, Sri Lanka with an initial 39 hotels signing up. It was then decided to expand the initiative with financial assistance from the European Commission.

The project is a SWITCH-Asia programme with the Ceylon Chamber of Commerce being the implementing agency and the following partners providing active support;

 With the end of Sri Lanka’s 26 year civil conflict, the creation of political stability after the presidential & parliamentary elections and the world economy showing signs of improvement this is a great time for the hospitality sector in Sri Lanka to focus on becoming more sustainable. After all business as usual is no longer a viable option, particularly in Sri Lanka where infrastructure is old and management systems are out of date.

This is a great project for Sri Lanka tourism and a fantastic step towards being a more responsible and sustainable tourism destination.

Published 27th April 2010

June 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm Leave a comment

About AdLib Consulting

AdLib Consulting offers a range of private sector development and sustainable tourism services to businesses, organisations and government departments. Creating financial value while at the same time addressing environmental and social issues is at the core AdLib Consulting’s approach.

AdLib Consulting specialises in:

  • Business and Market Development Strategy
  • Marketing & Communications
  • Sustainability

AdLib Consulting works with:

  • Private Enterprise
  • International & Local NGO’s
  • Government
  • Multi lateral Agencies

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June 14, 2010 at 6:33 am Leave a comment

About Libby Owen-Edmunds

Libby Owen-Edmunds is a highly experienced Private Sector Development specialist and Sustainable Tourism professional.

She has lived and worked in Asia for 14 years being involved in business start-ups and business development for a range of private sector companies. Leveraging this private sector experience Libby adds enormous value to international development projects.

Her experience spans across a number of areas; market development, business consulting, local economic development, supporting & developing MSME’s, sustainable livelihoods, value chain analysis, PPPs, employability & entrepreneurship, destination management, environmental management systems (EMS), heritage and environmental conservation and marketing & communications.

She holds a masters in Responsible Tourism Management, is an associate of the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) and an executive board member of the Responsible Tourism Partnership in Sri Lanka.

Libby is a regular public speaker at key industry events and is on a mission to ensure Asia’s private, development and government sectors are at the vanguard of sustainable tourism and systemic market development approaches.

For more information visit or see Libby at

June 14, 2010 at 6:08 am Leave a comment

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