Sri Lanka Cabinet committee mulls ways to help tourism

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s government is looking at ways to help revive tourism after Easter Sunday’s suicide bombings triggered a slump in arrivals and mass cancellations of hotel bookings.

President Maithripala Sirisena’s office said in a statement a sub-committee of the Cabinet of ministers has been appointed to draw up measures to revive tourism, including financial concessions.

The island’s tourism industry was the worst hit by the suicide bombings of three churches and three hotels which killed 253 people, including tourists.

The statement said measures to revive economic growth after the bombing shock were also discussed at a meeting of the national economic council with representatives of the private sector and government officials heading investment, exports and tourism promotion.

(COLOMBO, April 30, 2019-SB)
 

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