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The recent hike, effective from April 1 has put hotels into a separate category, at a rate of up to Rs. 10.90 per unit of electricity.

rnrnThis is over and above the previous net tariff rate of Rs. 5.44 a unit.

rnrnHotels have been classified under the industrial tariff category since 1994, providing hotels with the advantage of the lower tariff rate awarded to industries.

rnrnLast month
quote s budget turned the classification around, throwing hotels into a separate tariff bracket with a twice as big tariff rate.

rnrnHotels now have to pay in three tariff categories of Rs. 10.70, Rs. 10.80 and Rs. 10.90 per unit of electricity based on usage.

rnrnldblquote The situation is made worse since tourism hits a lull from end April as we move into the off-season that usually extends to October each year
dblquote , said President Tourist Hotels Association, Kumar Mallimarachchi.

rnrnldblquote Occupancy levels in the bigger hotels could fall to about 30 to 40 percent, while the smaller resorts could hit a