THASL urges the UK to revisit travel warning on SL

Welcomes the easing of restrictions by many other countries

While welcoming the easing of travel advisories by India, China and the majority of European countries, the Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) says that it, however, remains concerned that the UK has not changed the advisory despite the country returning to normalcy.

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

"At present, 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 adverse travel warning", it said.

As one the leading bodies for Hotels in Sri Lanka, THASL takes the security of hotels and its 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 June 9 at the Kingsbury Hotel, where Dr Rohan Gunarathne, Professor of Security Studies at NTU in Singapore will deliver a special address on ‘Threat of Islamic State: Managing Hotel Security’, the statement noted.

The THASL appealed to the British government to reconsider its stance on Sri Lanka.

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