Sri Lanka Tourism has appealed for vaccines to inoculate 17,714 frontline staff, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said.
Keeping the health and wellbeing of industry stakeholders as its foremost priority, Sri Lanka Tourism said that it has once again requested for a vaccination programme to be organized for tourism industry frontline personnel.
Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranathunga has approved a request from Sri Lanka Tourism which is now awaiting further intimation on when it would be possible, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said.
The Authority has provided details of a total of 17,714 industry stakeholders, including employees of Level- 1 Safe and Secure certified hotels, certified tour guides, drivers, and hotel employees currently stationed at hotels converted to hospitals and intermediate care centers.
Sri Lanka Tourism’s pioneering ‘bio bubble’ concept which received positive international recognition saw a gradual increase in tourist visits to Sri Lanka when the airport initially re-opened in January 2021. With the hopes of attracting tourists back to the island within the guidelines provided by the Ministry of Health, the utmost priority is the safety of the citizens of the country.
Vaccinating tourism staff on the frontlines of the industry would further safeguard and protect their health and that of tourists while sustaining the industry.
The primary focus of Sri Lanka Tourism is the revival of the sector, and in order to do so it is paramount that all hospitality stakeholders are fully vaccinated.
The authorities are hopeful that with the support of the Tourism Ministry and Health Ministry, stakeholders can work together to carry out the vaccine drive and efforts can continue to uplift the industry. (Colombo Gazette)