Bhashwara Takes Helm Of Promotion Bureau
Bhashwara Senanka Gunarathna assumed duties as the new chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau on June 6 at a brief ceremony held at the Sri Lanka tourism office at Galle Road, Colombo. At present he is the Director General of Ministry of Economic Development and covering duties as the Director of the National Zoological Gardens where his contribution was remarkable towards the successful completion of many rapid developments within Dehiwala Zoo, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, Hambantota Ridiyagama Safari Park, Pinnawala Vagolla new zoo Development.
He has obtained a B.Sc.(Built Environment ) and M.Sc.(Architecture) degrees from the University of Moratuwa. Bhashwara is an Associate Member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Architects and also a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Since 2010 he has been a board member of Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Sri Lanka Convention Bureau and Sri Lanka Tourism and Hotel Management Institution. In addition he is also a board member of the Sri Lanka Institute of Nano Technology (SLINTEC).
Bhashwara previously served as the Chairman and Director General of National Youth Services Council during 2005-2010 period where he was able to rejuvenate the Youth Council with new programs as well as resuming all abandoned major youth development programs. He has also covered duties as the Director of National Folk Art Centre under the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and National Heritage. In addition he rendered a valuable service as the president Sri Lanka Federation of Youth Clubs, National Youth Services Cooperative Society and the Youth Services Company Limited. He was a vice president of Sri Lanka Volleyball Federation and a Board Member of Sugathadasa National Sports Complex Authority.