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No renewal fees for tourism enterprises

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has decided not to charge the registration renewal fees from Tourism enterprises, Tourism Service Providers, institutions and individuals for a one-year period on the instructions of Industrial Export, Investment Promotion, Tourism and Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga.

Accordingly, tourism institutions and service providers who have already paid registration renewal fees this year will be exempted from paying the fees for next year. If they have not made the registration renewal fees for this year, they can renewed their registration with the SLTDA without making any fees.

About 2700 Tourism institutions offering accommodation facilities to tourists and nearly 5400 tourism service providers including tourists guides have already  been registered with the SLTDA currently.

Minister Prasanna Ranatunga said this is the part of a programme to provide relief for those engaged in the tourism sector affected adversely by the COVID 19.

Meanwhile, SLTDA Chairperson, Kimali Fernando, has already informed the 34 tourism related institutions to come up with proposals to revive the crucial travel and tourism sectors in the country post-COVID-19.

A set of proposals to uplift the tourism industry that has been negatively affected by the COVID 19 is expected to be submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers next week, Minister Ranatunga said .

Minster made these remarks at a recent meeting with  top travel, tourism and aviation industry officials and all the other stakeholders in the field.

The stakeholders are of the view that necessary relief should be provided for the tourism industry until the industry is revived which has been badly affected by the COVID 19. They also stressed the need of proper loan facilities, leasing concessions and concession on the tourism development tax.

Responding to the requests , the Minister said that the government has already paid its attention to these requests. “A Cabinet memorandum including short and long term tourism revival plans and proposals to provide relief for those involved in the tourism industry and tourism related business will be immediately submitted to the Cabinet of Ministers," he added.


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