“Now it is confirmed and happening 100 per cent,” said Darshana Cabraal, an executive committee member of the Sri Lankan Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) and part of the core committee which is working on the preparations of the ensuing Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) annual convention in Colombo scheduled between April 19 and 22. He says that the tourism department and the tourism industry is pulling all the stops to make the event not only happen but turn it into a “milestone” event for Sri Lanka’s tourism.
“We are taking it as a challenge and we have got the assurance from the government that they will support with all sorts of resources to make sure the event happens smoothly,” Cabraal said briefing the sum total of the discussions that the industry had with the government and the tourism department officials on the TAAI convention.
“On Monday, we had a decision-making meeting in the presence of the Secretary to the Government. The meeting has taken a decision to go ahead with the TAAI convention. We have conveyed the same to the TAAI leadership in India,” Cabraal said.He said that the whole Sri Lankan industry understands the significance of the TAAI convention and therefore do not want to leave any stone unturned to make it happen as scheduled. “We have allocated the responsibilities to people and we are fully ready from our side,” he said.
When asked about reports of fuel shortages in the country which are impacting the movement of tourist vehicles, Cabraal said that the situation has improved commendably in the last few days with the arrival of stocks in the government supplies.