Tourism Chief unaware of Ukrainian tourists’ movements in SL

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The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Chairman Kimarli Fernando in a letter to Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga claimed the SLTDA came to know through the media that a group of tourists from the Ukraine went on excursions to Mirissa for Whale watching and Yala.

She said the agreement at the Task Force Meeting was for the tour organisers to provide Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) detailed itineraries in advance, including details of the drivers and guides who would be involved in these excursions, to be relayed to the regional health authorities for screening and quarantine purposes.

The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Director-General has tried to obtain the necessary information in this regard from the travel agents to no avail.

“We have heard that private boats are taking the tourists for whale watching and 28 safari jeeps would be taking them inside Yala,” she said. 

“However, to this moment we have not received any of the above information from the promoter of this project nor the travel agents concerned. We are gravely concerned and seek your urgent intervention as when we requested information it was informed that he is working with the Presidential Task Force,” she stated.

She also stated that the Presidential Taskforce has informed the health officials and COVID Task Force in this regard and that the necessary protocols are being followed.

“It is, as you know, expected that all details related to excursions are provided to us before the commencement of such tours to enable us to keep the Ministry of Health and COVID Task Force informed,” the Tourism Chief added.

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  • BigEars Monday, 04 January 2021 05:33 PM

    This is a mess. Too many cooks (not so good cooks or so called cooks) spoil the soup.

    Chux Monday, 04 January 2021 05:37 PM

    What a shame sane person was corresponding with Udayanga Weeratunga couple days back as well

    Lol Monday, 04 January 2021 05:44 PM

    2021. zJOKE. JOKE. JOKE. JOKE. EVERY DEPARTMENT AND MINISTRIES SAME PROBLEM. NO ONE NO WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN. ??? SRILANKA BANANA EATING. POLITICIANS.

    joshua Monday, 04 January 2021 05:47 PM

    The excursions are based on President Udayanga's order. What a country. He has ensured that the poor safari drivers are deprived of their income while he is swimming in money. What is our actual President doing? will he take any action for these kind of the things?

    Citizen who voted SLPP Monday, 04 January 2021 05:48 PM

    We thought it was MS' Govt that did primitive and childish work. This Govt is much worse than that of MS' Yahapalanaya. This is one incident, but there were ample similar incidents in the recent past. This happens when power is concentrated in one family and that family thinks that whole country and the people are their private property.

    Hondha Hitha Monday, 04 January 2021 05:56 PM

    Government will move her from her job because of her statement

    Vidora Monday, 04 January 2021 05:56 PM

    Doesn’t she read the news Or listen to it and take action and followup with relevant party the big minister who organized it and the the airlines And the ill famed person that’s bring them in ????? Isn’t there coordination between her and them? If she is not told she has to follow up but not say she didn’t know and pass the ball

    Laminate Monday, 04 January 2021 05:58 PM

    This happens only in Sri Lanka, just enjoy.....

    Patriot Monday, 04 January 2021 06:07 PM

    Backdoor setup by infamous Udayanga Weerathunga Rajapakse....

    FF Monday, 04 January 2021 06:09 PM

    EXPECT THIS, WHEN TOURISM IS ARRANGED AND PROMOTED BY FRAUDULENT PERSONS

    jeremyn Monday, 04 January 2021 06:10 PM

    lol.. It's been in the news for weeks. She doesn't read the papers or follow the news. Embarassing.

    SANKa Monday, 04 January 2021 06:10 PM

    Madam, please understand that this is a private group and only one of the relatives, from ruling family handling the entire group from the origin to to destination and untill back to Origin. So please understand that you are a minister who is in charge of the industry don’t have any power to interfere for any of the activities of these so called tourists. So stay silent and GOD Bless you !!!

    rupadevi monerawela Monday, 04 January 2021 06:11 PM

    Once again the crooks are active. what selfish rubbish have been given these top posts.Sri Lanka is doomed it started in 1956 and still continues. i can cry at such dardardly apponinments by politicians who still have not learned lessons.

    Rohan Monday, 04 January 2021 06:13 PM

    Would the minister understand this letter? Would he hire a translator for that?

    Buddhist Monday, 04 January 2021 06:14 PM

    A law unto themselves!

    june macapagal Tuesday, 05 January 2021 02:03 PM

    They will bring whomever they want as tourist. Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority is just only a sign Board and they cannot do anything because it has now become a family business.

    Rajkumar Nagarajah Tuesday, 05 January 2021 02:04 PM

    If Sri Lankan people wants to be proud of a Sinhala land, please govern this country with professionalism so that we can all be proud of Sri Lanka. Why did you people vote for this government who failed in the past with family politics. How many governments we have seen but no one has really delivered to direct our country in the right path. very sad situation.

    R. Anthony Tuesday, 05 January 2021 02:11 PM

    One Family , One Country, LOL, Ignorant, Embarrassing, Go home please. Wonder if the Minister of Tourism was aware at all?

    Bernard Tuesday, 05 January 2021 05:33 PM

    When nepotism is involved in any project or assignment Sri Lanka, it is above the law!

    Shan Wednesday, 13 January 2021 11:56 AM

    For Gods sake be carful. Godfather will use you for another purpose.


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