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Voluntary vendors to be included in tourism bubble: Tourism Minister

All voluntary vendors who wish to interact with the tourists following the reopening of the airport will be included in the tourism bubble of the respective hotel that the tourists will lodge in, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranathunge today said.

He stated that the vendors will be allowed to do business with tourists given that they are willing to go through the relevant procedure and not interact with the general public.

He said this issue is expected to arise in Stage One hotels, which are not accessible to locals until the 14-day quarantine of tourists are over.

Meanwhile, Minister of Mass Media Keheliya Rambukwella said it is important that the vendors are given an opportunity to engage in business which were shut for over a year.

“Therefore, if they are willing to go through the procedure of the Stage 01 hotels, they can revive their business,” he said during the Cabinet press briefing held today.

Earlier, Minister Ranathunga pointed out that all preparations for the reopening of the airport has been completed.

He said that the opening of the country to tourists is being done after considering the impact the COVID-19 epidemic had on nearly 3 million of people who are directly and indirectly depending on the tourism industry.

The Minister requested the heads of all media institutions to support the government’s programme to restart the tourism business. “We have a responsibility to protect the people of the country from the COVID epidemic and restore the country. Private media as well as the state media have a major role to play in this. Therefore, we need the support of the media in this matter,” he said.