The minimum room rate imposed on Colombo hotels has been removed with immediate effect.
The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said that the decision was taken as a result of the severe impact the Easter Sunday attacks had on the tourism industry.
SLTDA also said that it is better for the market forces to decide the room rates rather than for SLTDA to dictate terms due to the prevailing situation.
Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka dropped following the Easter Sunday attacks, especially since most countries issued travel warnings on visiting Sri Lanka.
Last week, the travel ban imposed by China on visiting Sri Lanka was lifted to “cautious when traveling” to Sri Lanka and the SLTDA said that it is confident that the travel advisories will be lifted over the next couple of weeks as they have been working closely with many diplomatic missions since the incident. (Colombo Gazette)