ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is planning to cut the embarkation tax on tourists by 10 US dollars to boost tourism in the wake of Easter Sunday attacks, an official said.
Vice Chairman of Sri Lanka Airport and Aviation Services Ltd Priyantha Kariyapperuma said the embarkation tax will lower ticket prices and make Sri Lanka more affordable.
The budget for 2019 hiked the embarkation tax to 60 US dollars from April 01, about 10,500 rupees per passenger at the current exchange rate.
Malaysia charges 40 ringgit (about 9.67 US dollar)or 1,750 rupees per passenger. For ASEAN region it is half.
In an ex-Colombo ticket to Malaysia, about half the ticket cost is taxes.
There has also been a proposal to cut handling fees. Handing fees go to SriLankan Airlines, which is suffering losses. Handling fees are a key source of profits for the airline. (Colombo/July05/2019)