Sri Lanka’s Tourism Minister says priority status to revival of tourism industry
Sri Lanka’s Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga has reportedly said the government of Sri Lanka has given priority to the quicker revival of Covid-19-hit tourism sector given its critical contribution to socioeconomic development.
“Both the President and Prime Minister have given priority for tourism sector revival and have extended their fullest support,” Ranatunga told the media.
The Minister has said that the Cabinet of Ministers had approved a range of new measures to help Covid-19-impacted entrepreneurs and companies engaged in the tourism sector as well as to further enhance the industry’s potential thereby increase foreign exchange earnings and employment.
The proposals were formulated after a thorough consultation with all stakeholders in the tourism industry, he has been quoted as saying in the local media.
“All institutions under the Ministry and their employees have been playing a key role during COVID-19 period when it came to repatriation of Sri Lankans stranded overseas as well as ensuring health safety measures at the airports,” he has said.
Sri Lankan authorities while providing many relief measures to safeguard the tourism sector, has also come up with innovative measures to ensure the country’s tourism industry records a swift return to normalcy. Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the country. Also, Sri Lanka’s listing as a must visit destination by several leading travel publications has created much interest in the island. After facing a three decade long war, Sri Lanka’s tourism industry recorded impressive growth rates. Therefore, Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is guaranteed to bounce back to its impressive growth levels soon. Therefore, Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is a hotspot for business/investment opportunities.
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