Law to revamp Tourist Board with private sector seats, may get Parliament nod

New laws to revamp the Tourist Board and get the private sector involved in spending marketing dollars, may get the Parliament go-ahead next week, despite opposition. New laws to revamp the Tourist Board and get the private sector involved in spending marketing dollars, may get the Parliament go-ahead next week, despite opposition.

The new Tourism Development Bill has been on the cards for two years. Tourism Ministry Secretary Dr. Prathap Ramanujam said they were confident it would be approved.

“The Bill crossed one hurdle when it was passed by Cabinet. The Attorney General’s Department has also said he will give his approval by Friday so that it can go to Parliament next week,” Ramunujam said.

The Bill will dismantle the Tourist Board to form a single Marketing Bureau to handle all local and international promotions, a Tourism Development Authority that will handle regulation and development and a Tourism School.

Drawn up under the previous United National Front (UNF) regime, the now opposition is also expected to back the Bill when the current ruling Alliance government takes it up.

If it is passed, the restructuring could begin around August t