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Sri Lanka asks 11,000 tourists and expats to register at online support centre

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka Tourism has asked an estimated 11,389 tourists and expatriates in the country to register at an online support centre which will provide updates on Coronavirus and assistance.

Sri Lanka Tourism had already set up a 24 hour call centre to assist tourists with air tickets and travel to airport during curfew.

The ‘Tourist & Expatriate Support Center’ at www.register.sltda.gov.lk which will provide live updates on Covid-19 and essential travel information and assistance, Sri Lanka Tourism said.

The website was developed by TekGeeks (Pvt) Ltd, a Colombo-based technology firm under the guidance of Sri Lanka’s ICT Agency. TekGeeks also built the ContactSriLanka portal of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Sri Lankans abroad.

According to immigration data there were 11,389 tourists in the county as of May 04.

Sri Lanka Tourism Chairperson Kimarli Fernando said here was no mechanism to track tourists in Sri Lanka up to now.

Registration will allow the agency to reach out and provide assistance during emergencies and also be a database on expatriates and businessmen in the longer term, she said. (Colombo/May05/2020)