Sri Lanka’s tourism authorities seek health guidelines to reopen tourist hotels
Sri Lanka’s Minister for Industrial Exports and Investment Promotions, Tourism and Aviation Prasanna Ranatunga has reportedly called on the relevant authorities to issue the necessary guidelines to reopen tourist hotels and restaurants by next week.
Tourist hotels as well as restaurants were temporarily closed down in March following the outbreak of the Covid 19 pandemic.
Minister Ranatunga has informed health officials that tourist hotels would be reopened as a complimentary effort of re-establishing the daily lifestyle of the people in the country.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), Kimarli Fernando has said the guidelines issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) on this matter have already been distributed among tourist hotel owners.
The Minister has reiterated that the process of reopening hotels and restaurants would commence as soon as the government issues the relevant guidelines.
Sri Lanka’s tourism authorities are eagerly awaiting the reopening of the industry to serve local as well as foreign customers under strict health guidelines. Once the country’shealth authorities release the required guidelines, Sri Lanka’s tourism industry will be back on track. At the time when the world went on lockdown mode, Sri Lanka’s tourism industry was on a steady growth path. Therefore, given the growth potential of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, foreign businesses/investors could explore business/investment opportunities in the sector.
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