Govt. nod for hotel industry wage support scheme and utility concessions

12 June 2020 08:52 am - 0     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

A A A

  • THASL, which lobbied for these concessions thanks govt.
  • Says “increasing number of inquiries” indicates speedy industry recovery 

The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) yesterday thanked the government and particularly Sri Lanka Tourism for granting a wage support scheme for employees of the hotel industry and concessions for the payment of utilities. 


THASL vehemently lobbied on behalf of the industry for this support and praised the government for helping the hotel industry’s recovery during these turbulent times. 


A THASL statement said following the government’s nod in favour of the wage support scheme and utility concessions, the tourism industry has a chance of rebuilding following the devastation of the lockdown and travel restrictions. 


“We thank the government for evaluating our request and granting much needed support helping 2 million livelihoods to restore their lives. We hope the government will continue to support us more in the future too,” THASL President Sanath Ukwatte said.


“Successive governments have paid great importance to the tourism industry and have recognised it as a major contributor to the economic wellbeing of the country.


Since the present government came into office, the industry has got major impetus by being recognised as an export industry with similar incentives as other exporters. Export status to tourism has helped give Sri Lanka’s tourism industry the competitive edge needed over other regional tourism destinations,” the THASL statement said.

The tourism industry is the second highest net foreign exchange earner to the country and earned US$ 4.5 billion in 2018. Tourism earnings to Sri Lanka were on the path to be a US$10bn industry in 5 years. 


“Although the current pandemic can set those goals back, the increasing number of inquiries the industry is currently receiving makes tourism businesses confident of a speedy recovery, earlier than expected,” the THASL statement noted.


“THASL continues to lobby for a comprehensive debt restructuring programme of all existing debt and for the tourism industry to have continued access to low interest financing to maintain plant and machinery until the industry rebounds,” it added.

 

 

See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Money Remittence,News, Courier/Delivery, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop into Sri Lanka.

 

  Comments - 0

See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Money Remittence,News, Courier/Delivery, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop into Sri Lanka.

 

 

Add comment

Comments will be edited (grammar, spelling and slang) and authorized at the discretion of Daily Mirror online. The website also has the right not to publish selected comments.

Reply To:

Name - Reply Comment




ANYTHING FOR MONEY

Some unregulated online lenders are remotely taking control of phones of thos

Frontline cops charge negligence by high-ups worsened police cluster

The police have done an invaluable service in the frontlines to combat the CO

US Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris’s Key Sri Lankan Tamil Aide

An overwhelming feeling of relief has descended upon the world-not merely th

The virus may be spreading much faster than official data suggest

The daily case reports from the Epidemiology Unit are the only data we have t

See Kapruka's top selling online shopping categories such as Toys, Grocery, Flowers, Birthday Cakes, Fruits, Chocolates, Clothing and Electronics. Also see Kapruka's unique online services such as Money Remittence,News, Courier/Delivery, Food Delivery and over 700 top brands. Also get products from Amazon & Ebay via Kapruka Gloabal Shop into Sri Lanka.