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Tourism to muster USD 6 bn from winter arrivals

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Requests authorities to keep current health protocols

If the trend continues from December to April during the current winter season, the tourism industry is predicting that 400,000 tourist swill arrive in the country from November 21 to April 22 and it is estimated to generate USD 6 billion.

“With flexible and easier health protocols that were implemented by the government it was possibleto attract tourist during the last three months an there is a positive trend with the arrivals to Sri Lanka increasing month on month,” The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) and Tourist Hotel Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) said.

A number of airlines such as Air France, Air Astana,Aeroflot, Go Air and Edelweiss will introduce flights during the current winter season. In addition, many other airlines including the national carrier SriLankan Airlines will gradually increase the frequency and the network.

“The tour operators have recommenced their programs to Sri Lanka mainly due to the practical health protocols which were introduced by the government.” “Hence at this stage it is vital to continue with the current health protocols which will encourage the tour operators and the airlines to promote the destination with confidence.’’ “We are of the opinion that the current health protocols should continue without any change. The service providers in the tourism industry registered with the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority have to adhere to stringent health protocols imposed by the health authorities and they have to obtain the certificate issued by KPMG/ SLTDA, at all times it is necessary to conform to the health guidelines and protocols of the Ministry of Health.”It is to ensure the safety of the service providers, the citizens and the travelers who visit Sri Lanka.

Any change to the current health protocols will be detrimental to the tourism industry and it will have a negative impact on the overall economy of the country. “Hence SLAITO and THASL request the government to maintain the current status quo pertaining to the health protocols that applies to the foreign passport holders visiting Sri Lanka.”

Tuesday, November 30, 2021 – 01:00

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