Minister of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs, John Amaratunge said, USD 100 million insurance fund will soon be formulated by the Sri Lanka Tourism to pay compensation to any tourists during their visit to Sri Lanka.
This scheme will be offered by the stated owned Sri Lanka Insurance Company, said the Minister.
Tourists who suffer injury or death while visiting Sri Lanka are not eligible to receive insurance from their respective countries due to travel advisories from 38 countries in the aftermath of Easter Sunday bombings on April 21st, Amaratunge added. Therefore, a special insurance scheme is being launched to pay compensations for tourists from USD 100,000 to USD 250,000 the Minister mentioned at a news briefing.
Once again, Amaratunge assured that the security forces have guaranteed that the terrorism threat has now been neutralized and Sri Lanka is a safe place to travel. Amaratunge further added that there is a marginal uptick in tourist arrivals which is now hovering around 1800 to 2000 per day compared with 1700 during the first five days of this month despite the travel advisories.
Sri Lanka Tourism will participate in 38 international travel fairs and 18 road shows in 2019 and several MICE events planned in Sri Lanka will also be held this year in order to boost the image of Sri Lankan Tourism, the Minister said.
He thanked both, President of Universal Federation of Travel Agents Association (UFTAA) Sunil Kumar and Chairman, Travel Agents Association of Sri Lanka (THASL), Trevor Rajaratnam for showing solidarity with Sri Lanka by advancing the hosting of their AGM in Sri Lanka.
UFTAA established in Brussels in 1919 is one of the largest organizations in the field of travel and tourism industry in the world. It is an association of travel agents and tour operators. “The hosting the UFTAA AGM in Colombo will take a strong message to the world in terms of security environment and Sri Lankan Tourism is ready to welcome and delight global tourists.”