ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Chinese built Port City on Saturday (22) said it has introduced a payment structure for personal events, professional and commercial filming and photography within the premises due to unprecedented demand while denied reports of charging for personal selfies.
“Port City Colombo wishes to inform the public that there is no truth to the social media posts alleging that the public needs to pay a fee for personal selfies or videos taken at Port City,” the company said in an official statement.
“However, a payment structure was introduced for personal events, professional and/or commercial filming and photography due to the unprecedented number of such requests received from the public and private sector to use the newly opened Port City Marina Promenade.”
“It has also been brought to our attention that such filming/photography was a hindrance, and violates the privacy of other visitors.”
Over 90,000 people have visited the Port City Marina since it was opened by President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Chinese Foreign Minister Wang YI on January 8.
The minimum rate starts from 30,000 Sri Lanka rupees (around 150 US dollars) for 2.5 persons for a duration of 1-3 hours and maximum rate has not been specified.
“Charges will be only applicable for filming/photography of personal ceremonies, weddings, product or fashion promotions, music videos, advertisements, or other types of commercial filming,” it said.
“Income received from these will be used for the maintenance of public spaces, lavatories, and garbage clearing done by the Estate Management Company (EMC) which manages the public areas of Port City Colombo.”
It also said the permission shall be granted at sole discretion of the EMC, subject to venue availability and assurance that there will be no hindrance to the public or ongoing construction.
However it said all reputed social and mainstream media channels will be given free of charge to make videos or take photographs for news and current affairs purposes at Port City Colombo upon prior approval. (Colombo/Jan22/2022)