As the prevailing political crisis has severely impacted the tourism industry, Fake Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa has called for a meeting with a group of private sector stakeholders of the industry tomorrow evening, Colombo Telegraph learns.
Sanath Ukwatte, a Rajapaksa lackey, and the President of The Hotels Association of Sri Lanka (THASL) is coordinating the meeting, on behalf of the fake Prime Minister and the purported government.
Colombo Telegraph also learns that several high-profile industry people have turned down Ukwatte’s invitation to attend the fake Prime Minister’s meeting solely on the basis of the illegitimacy of the purported government.
Despite their reluctance to attend the meeting, Ukwatte was seen pleading with them to attend the fake Prime Minister’s meeting.
It is reported that tourist arrivals for the month of November have plummeted by 18% due to the current political turmoil as several countries have cautioned their citizens against traveling to Sri Lanka.
A number of top hotel chains have made no secret of their disappointment with the current state of affairs in the country as the decline in arrivals have made a debilitating impact on their businesses.
Issuing a statement recently, the Association of Small and Medium Enterprises in Tourism (ASMET) urged all political leaders to resolve their problems without delay and ensure political stability as the current turmoil has crippled the tourism industry.