Cabinet has approved a paper submitted by Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga to formulate a new Tourism Act that will amalgamate the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau and the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau.
This is in order to ensure the sustainable development of the Tourism industry and thereby to establish a new Authority as “Sri Lanka Tourism Authority”
This decision was taken to deal with coordination issues and resource wastage due to the division, and promote Government support extended to the tourism industry. Currently the sector is divided into four institutions namely Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, the Sri Lanka Convention Bureau and the Sri Lanka institute of Tourism and Hotel Management .
Cabinet Ministers granted approval to the proposal tabled by the Minister of Tourism, to repeal the Tourism Act No. 38 of 2005 and to draft a new bill to ensure sustainable development of the tourism industry. The new legislation will establish a Sri Lanka Tourism Authority by consolidating the three existing institutions.