Cabinet proposal to sell air tickets in dollars: Oppn.

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A Cabinet proposal had been submitted seeking approval to direct all travel agents to sell airline tickets in US Dollars instead of Sri Lankan rupees, the Opposition said yesterday.

Opposition MP Sisira Jayakody said this move would only benefit foreign travel agents who plan tours to Sri Lanka.

“This will be the death of local travel agents if they have to sell airline tickets in dollars. They will no longer be able to set a price on a ticket and organise a tour properly beforehand. The large number of Sri Lankan pilgrims visiting Bodh Gaya in India will have to muster up dollars instead of rupees to purchase tickets,” he told a news briefing.

He said the move would further devalue the Sri Lankan rupee against the US Dollar.  (Lahiru Pothmulla)

 

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  • Arnold Wednesday, 30 January 2019 06:11 AM

    Better do all transactions in dollars. Lankan rupee has weaker than Somali Shilling and Afghani.

    Sarath Wednesday, 30 January 2019 06:16 AM

    "It is better to have people think you are a fool than to open your mouth and remove all doubt"If it is sold in dollars, you will still pay in rupees, and it will get converted by the bank. Like buying on eBay! Anyway travel agent has to pay airline in dollars!!

    sumanadasa Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:50 AM

    The travel agents may insist customers to pay in Dollars instead in Rs.

    Mm Wednesday, 30 January 2019 06:36 AM

    This is a stupid and selfish move. The government then better start paying salaries also in dollars before trying get people to pay in a foreign currency

    arosha Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:47 AM

    Ado, why don't we all get paid in dollars since the Rupee has been driven into dust

    Dee Wednesday, 30 January 2019 07:50 AM

    Anyway the airlines need to be paid in dollars, except maybe srilankan. They too need to pay for lease and fuel in dollars. So what's the big deal?


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