Published on : Monday, November 12, 2018
Wasantha Senanayake, Sri Lanka’s new Tourism Minister explained on Friday that the ongoing crisis in politics had no effect on the tourism of the country and efforts were being made to brief foreign governments after travel advisories had been issued.
Mr Senanayake informed at a press briefing that the lives of the citizens and tourists had not been majorly impacted by the “political tussle” and there had been no reports of postponement by travel operators and agents, reports Xinhua news agency.
“What we are presently facing is a political tussle and this will be resolved in Parliament most democratically. This should not reflect on the tourism industry,” he said.
The Minister explained that going forward; the new government would introduce new campaigns to draw more Chinese visitors and Indians as these were the lucrative markets for Sri Lanka tourism.
He stated that efforts would simultaneously be made to lure more tourists from Europe. “We will work at doubling our figures by next year,” Mr Senanayake said.
So far, more than 1.8 million tourists have come to the island till October this year; with industry experts showing their concerns that the present political crisis may slow the arrival rate.
Sri Lanka has been going through a major political disorder since October 26 when President Maithripala Sirisena suspended his cabinet and sacked Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and appointed former president Mahinda Rajapakse to the post.