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The Tourist Board in coordination with the Ministry of Health will prepare a new program to address the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on tourism industry.

The decision was taken at a meeting between Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa and members of the Hotel Association held at Temple Trees yesterday (05). The discussion focused on a number of issues affecting the tourism industry in Sri Lanka.

Prime Minister Rajapaksa said that the tourism sector is expected to generate Rs. 10 billion in the future.

Discussions were also held on the financial concessions granted to the tourism industry and hotels.

The industry is expected to attract 7 million tourists in the future. The meeting also focused on the international promotion of Sri Lanka tourism. Attracting tourists for cultural events in the country was also discussed.

International tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka declined for the eleventh straight month in February 2020 since the Easter Sunday attacks in April last year.