Lankan hote­liers ap­peal to UK govt. to re­lax travel ban

Daily Mirror (Sri Lanka) - - MIRROR BUSINESS -

The Tourism Ho­tels As­so­ci­a­tion of Sri Lanka (THASL) said they re­mained con­cerned as to why UK is yet to re­lax the travel ban on Sri Lanka, de­spite the im­prove­ment in the coun­try’s se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion fol­low­ing the Easter Sun­day bomb­ings on April 21,

“UK be­ing the sin­gle largest mar­ket for Sri Lanka from Europe with great air con­nec­tiv­ity, we are ea­gerly wait­ing for UK to re­visit the ad­vi­sory tak­ing into con­sid­er­a­tion what other coun­tries have done.

“Cur­rently ho­tels coun­try­wide are re­ceiv­ing in­quiries from Bri­tish guests who tra­di­tion­ally visit the coun­try dur­ing Au­gust school hol­i­days and are un­able to fi­nal­ize their travel plans due to the ban,” a THASL com­mu­niqué said.

“We ap­peal to the UK govern­ment to re­con­sider their stance on Sri Lanka,” it added.

Last week China, In­dia, Ger­many, Switzer­land, the Nether­lands and many other Euro­pean coun­tries re­laxed the travel bans im­posed on Sri Lanka fol­low­ing the bomb at­tacks.

Mean­while, THASL said they take the se­cu­rity of ho­tels and their vis­i­tors se­ri­ously and are con­tin­u­ously look­ing at se­cu­rity train­ing and en­hance­ments.

“A se­ries of sem­i­nars on ho­tel se­cu­rity and safety with Sri Lankan, US and UK ex­perts are planned in the com­ing weeks and the first in the se­ries is sched­uled on 9th June at the Kings­bury Ho­tel, where Dr Ro­han Gu­naratna Pro­fes­sor of Se­cu­rity Stud­ies at NTU in Singapore will de­liver a spe­cial ad­dress on ‘Threat of Is­lamic State: Man­ag­ing Ho­tel Se­cu­rity,’ THASL com­mu­niqué said.

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