Hotels Association seeks government support to tide over Covid

Hotels Association seeks government support to tide over Covid

23 May 2020 02:25 pm

The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) seeks support from the government to meet the working capital needs of tourism businessesto survive in the Covid -19 crisis,President of the Association  Sanath Ukwatte said.

“The tourism industry is going through a very challenging time. There is no revenue and there are no guests, he disclosed.  

Maintaining hotel plants and  employees is impossible because there is no income(THASL) President Sanath Ukwatte said assing that around 90% of hotels have not paid salaries to their staff for the month of April.,

“Hoteliers need to pay their employees to maintain their livelihood but in a situation of zero income they had to turn to the government to support he hotel industry.

Hotels Association of Sri Lanka has requested the government to make some financial provision available by way of grants or soft loans directly given by the government to the industry at least for a period of six months.

By that way Hoteliers are determined to find a way out of this and to encourage people to travel and patronize hotels safely as soon as the hotels are re-opened.

They  also appeal to the public and the local businesses to support and help  local hotels as much as possible and keep 500,000 livelihood afloat,” he said.