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John tells city hotels to re-commence night clubs to retain tourists in Colombo

27 July 2018 01:12 pm - 1     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


John Amaratunga
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Sri Lanka’s Tourism and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga this week called the “grumbling Colombo hoteliers” to re-commence night club operations to retain more tourists in Colombo.

Amaratunga said that Colombo Hoteliers are always complaining about not many tourists staying in Colombo as destinations such as Arguam Bay, Ella  and Down South have become popular among tourists visiting to the country due to lack of entrainment activities in Colombo.

Hence, the Minister advised the Colombo hoteliers to re-commence night clubs to provide more entrainment activities to tourists.   

“In the past, we had 2 to 3 night clubs (operated by city hotels). Unfortunately there were some unruly elements who disrupted such operations, which led to the eventual closure of these,” he said.

Amaratunga assured that strict regulations on alcohol sales would be relaxed soon, noting that he had already taken up the matter with the Finance and Mass Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera. 

Meanwhile, the minister lamented the poor service of the immigration officers at Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), the country’s main airport. According to him, it has become a major deterrent to the government’s attempt to develop the tourism industry.

Amaratunga noted that he has requested the Immigration and Emigration Controller to look into the matter.

  Comments - 1

  • shan Sunday, 29 July 2018 05:05 PM

    Put some young, good-looking, energetic young people with a smile on the face and with a welcoming attitude in the immigration counters, duty-free, checking counters etc. Make the first impression and experience a pleasant one. Every time we see some old sad faces sitting there and working in snail speed. this doesn't mean remove them from the job and send home, but give them behind the scene works

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