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PM briefs Tourism industry stakeholders, now under one banner

Concessionary 4% credit line for all SLTDA registered entities

Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa briefing tourism industry stakeholders
Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa briefing tourism industry stakeholders,undefined

 Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa yesterday told all top stakeholders of the travel and tourism industry that the Cabinet had approved a credit line for tourism at 4% interest and would be implemented as soon as possible for all Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority registered entities to avail themselves of.

 This was when the Premier Rajapaksa met all frontline Association of the leisure industry, which have now teamed up together under one banner and met him.     

The, move was initiated by the Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) which invited the other stakeholder associations namely the Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka (TAASL), Sri Lanka Association of Professional Conference, Exhibition and Event Organizers (SLAPCEO), Association For Small & Medium Enterprises In Tourism (ASMET) and the Board of Airline Representatives (BAR) to be Associate Members of SLAITO.

The  Joint Council thanked  President Gotabaya Rajapaksa , Premier Mahinda Rajapaksa  and the Government Minister  for this timely action when our industry was going through one of the worst situations in history, “  SLAITO Chairman  Mahen Kariyawasam  told Daily News Finance last night.

 The meeting was at the invitation of the Prime Minister at Temple Trees to discuss the burning issues faced by  the Tourism Industry.

The Prime Minister was briefed on “One Voice – One Industry “which was a novel initiative to partner with other stake holder associations mainly TAASL, SLAPCEO, and ASMET & BAR.

 The Prime Minister stated that he was very happy with SLAITO’s initiative of creating One Voice - One Industry and he stressed the importance of working with foreign tour operators/ partners to promote Sri Lanka.

Some of the issues discussed at the meeting were the proposal to reduce the Visa fee, issues related to the COVID – 19 test to be done 72 hours before travel, the importance of domestic tourism, issues with the correct opening procedure and reduce the airport handling charges, airline ticket refunds, expand the possibility of bringing in foreign investment to hotels.

  Travel industry leaders also expressed gratitude to the Government for stating that the Airport would be open by August 1, 2020 but also proposed to look at the possibility of opening on the 15th of June 2020.

In appreciation of the Government efforts in combating COVID -19 pandemic, SLAITO donated a cheque worth Rupees One Million to the “Covid – 19 Healthcare and Social Security Fund” to the Prime Minister at the meeting.

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