The government says the relief package given to the people engaged in tourism sector will be continued.

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The government says that the relief package given to those who are engaged in the tourism industry will continue due to the Covid 19 pandemic. The package will be implemented until the Tourism Industry becomes normal. The tax concessions given to the tourism sector following the Easter sunder attack, were extended for one year with the Covid pandemic. Under that, organizations registered under the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, have been given a loan at four percent interest rate without guarantees, to pay the salaries of the staff. A grace period of two years along with a period of five years have been given to repay the loan. Minister Prasanna Ranathunga said that a grace period of one year has been given to pay water and electricity bills of registered tourist hotels. About 40 million rupees has been spent to pay allowances for 1960 registered tourist guides and drivers. The Minister said that an alternative income generating program has been introduced for those who are in the tourism sector while the relief is also given

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