Sri Lanka to probe tourist harassment at immigration: minister

ECONOMYNEXT –  Sri Lanka will investigate reports of tourists being harassed at immigration control, tourism minister John Amaratunga said.

"We have many problems with the immigration at the international airport," Minister Amaratunga said Friday.

"The minister of aviation has decided to set up a committee with him myself and the minister for immigration to slowly look into this problem of harassment being meted out to some of the tourists and the delays that are caused at the international airport."
He was speaking at the launch of the Hotel Show Colombo 2018 organised by the Ceylon Hotel School Graduates Association.

“Immigration is where a tourist first gets an impression of the country, so we will investigate and solve this,” Amaratunga said.

Official data showed that 1.2 million tourists visited Sri Lanka for the first six months of 2018, which was a 15.3 percent increase compared to a year earlier.

Over a third of the tourists who visited came from India and China, while 28 percent of the tourists came from Europe. (COLOMBO, 20 July, 2018)

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