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The new government will continue with plans to put in place a Tourism Development Bill and restructure the Tourist Board on priority basis this year.
Mooted last year under UNF rule, the proposed Bill will create a new Tourism Promotional Authority to take over marketing and promotional functions from the Tourist Board.rn

rnThe Tourist Board is to be collapsed into a regulatory body overseeing enforcement of standards and other key regulatory functions.rn

rnBoard officials say much of the development projects lined up are also likely to go ahead despite the change in government, but new investment will be critical to grow the sector.rn

rnSome 50 percent of rooms will be closed in the off-season of April to June for refurbishment in anticipation of the 600,000 tourists this year.rn

rnHotels have been upgrading properties in line for the surge in numbers from countries like India and UK, to meet an estimated 14,000-room shortage in the country.rn

rnHotels have also increasingly been trying to a