Sri Lanka tourism celebrates the Golden Jubilee of the founding of the (then) Ceylon Tourist Board in 1966, with a commemorative event at the BMICH on Friday, May 27 and will issue a celebratory volume and a special stamp to mark the event. It has every reason for joyous celebration, for in these fifty years the national travel and tourism industry has made giant strides from being a small industry with hope, to become today the country's fourth biggest industry in terms of earnings for the national exchequer and will soon become the third biggest, with the prospect of becoming the biggest, sooner than many expect. Even as we celebrate, it behooves us to reflect upon what our beginnings were and, indeed, our genesis. On this happy occasion let us look back on who our friends were and who helped us to get this far to where we are. SRI LANKA- PATA TOURISM STALWARTS The late Dharmasiri Senanayake, then Minister of Tourism and a former Chairman of the Ceylon Tourist Board in conversation with then President & CEO of PATA, Lakshman Ratnapala, himself an alumnus of the CTB, At left is George Ondaatjie, a former Chairman of the Sri Lanka PATA Chapter and Chairman Tangerine Group of Hotels and at right is the late Clement Ranasooriya, a multi-term Chairman of the PATA Chapter and winner of the PATA Award of Excellence.