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Concessions programme to support tourism-based livelihoods

The Government has launched a concessions programme to assist 144,000 individuals who were engaged in the tourism-based livelihoods and later affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

According to Industrial Export, Investment Promotion, Tourism and Aviation Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, applications are now being called from them to provide relief as per the Cabinet approval.

The Cabinet paper presented on the advice of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa says the tour guides registered with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) will be given an allowance of Rs. 20,000 each and the registered drivers an allowance of Rs. 15,000 each.

The applications are available on the SLTDA website, the Minister said. Apart from these allowances, the Minister said it is expected to immediately launch a programme to facilitate the registered tourist hotels, tourist destination management institutions and the tourist agencies with low-interest loans through the Bank of Ceylon.

These loans will be issued at four percent interest to settle six-month wages of their staff.

The Minister also said a grace period will be introduced for the registered institutions to settle their water and electricity bills while the Cabinet of Ministers will inform the relevant sectors regarding the extension of the six-month grace period declared for the vehicle leasing for another six-months.

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