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Tour guides call on Govt to ban inbound travel

Pem Wickramasinghe, Mahesh Karunarathne, Ravi Munasinghe,
Pem Wickramasinghe, Mahesh Karunarathne, Ravi Munasinghe,

The Sri Lanka Institute of National Tourist Guide Lecturers (TGL), called on the Government to ban all inbound travel in response to the spread of the Coronavirus.

Speaking to the media at a special press conference at the Tour Guide Lecturers building in Colombo 10, the Directors were of the view that ‘long term damage’ to the industry could worsen if the Airports and Ports were kept open for tourists to enter. “We are calling for swift action from the Government and prefer to have ‘Tourists locked down to Sri Lanka for two months.”

Managing Director Naturalist Birding Sri Lanka Chandima Jayaweera, said the recent confirmed case of a Sri Lankan national was a tour guide. The guide had received the virus from an Italian tourist on holiday in February. The tour guide had passed the virus to his colleague, while being boarded in the same dormitory.


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