Sri Lankan government plans reducing airline charges for boosting tourism

Published on : Thursday, July 11, 2019

The Sri Lankan government said that it will reduce airline charges for boosting tourism to the country, which declined drastically after the Easter Sunday terror attacks.


The price of aviation fuel, ground handling and embarkation fees will be slashed for six months at Colombo airport, to encourage airlines to restore schedules, increase the number of flights and lower ticket prices.


Following the attacks on 21 April, many travellers cancelled or postponed their travel plans to the island nation. Up to 80% of hotel bookings were estimated to be cancelled.


Among the 2.3 million tourists who visited Sri Lanka in 2018, 98% arrived by international airline. Lower airline charges are expected to help increase revenue from tourism for the country.


Hotels across Sri Lanka are offering discounted rates for increasing tourism; nevertheless, industry experts are of the opinion that it will take months for room occupancy to return to the same levels before the bombings.


Tourism Alliance, a group of hotels and tour operators working to increase awareness said that the destination is safe to visit.


Tourism is Sri Lanka’s third largest foreign exchange earner, with millions of people depending on tourism, both directly and indirectly. Travelers planning a trip to Sri Lanka are advised to check the FCO website for the most up-to-date advice.


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