Cabinet approves relief measures for tourism sector

Cabinet has approved multiple relief measures for the tourism sector which has been seriously affected by the coronavirus.

Cabinet spokesman Bandula Gunawardena said that a cabinet proposal submitted by the subject Minister had been approved.

He said that Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga had submitted a cabinet paper seeking approval for several relief measures for the tourism industry.

The cabinet approved the proposal to implement a relief programme for institutions and individuals engaged in the tourist industry.

The relief programme includes providing loan facilities on the basis of paying back within a period of 05 years with a 2 tear concessionary period under an interest of 4 % for payment of salaries of Rs. 2O,000 – per head for the staff of tourist hotels, end tour management companies registered under the Tourism Development Authority for 06 months.

Providing loan facilities for the payment of Rs. 15,000 each for those serving in other institutions related to tourism including restaurants, cafeterias, massage and
physical health centres registered under the Tourism Development Authority for 06
months.

One – time payment of Rs. 20,000 per tourist guide registered under the Tourism
Development Authority by the Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority.

One – time payment of Rs. 15,000/- per tourist driver registered under the
Tourism Development Authority by Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority.

Providing facilities to pay the electricity and water bills payable from 1st March 2020
to 31st August from 1st September 2020 in 12 equal instalments and to enjoy the
facilities without any disturbance during the given period without any power or water
cut.

Extending the concessionary period of 06 months given for payment of leasing
instalments in the tourism trade up to 12 months without any delayed charges. (Colombo Gazette)

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