Sri Lanka to introduce minimum criteria for tourist services

Jan 04, 2017 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s Tourism Development Ministry is drafting minimum criteria for specified tourist services so as to have appropriate regulation in the industry.

The proposed critera will apply for guest houses, independent tourist restaurants, tourist shops, Ayurvedic tourist hotels, Ayurvedic tourist health care centers, spas and wellness centers and apartment hotels.

Observers say the regulation should also apply to services provided by three-wheeler and taxi drivers, and retailers, services which were not specifically mentioned.

Meanwhile, the cabinet ministers yesterday approved a proposal to regulate the tourist hotels industry.

The proposal made by Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunge contains rules published by the Minister in the Gazette Extraordinary No. 1963/28 dated 20-04-2016 under the Tourism Act No. 38 of 2005.

These regulations deal with regard to the matters of direction of minimum capacities and facilities for classification of tourist hotels from 1 star to 5 star while making provisions regarding the discipline maintained by tourist hotels.

It also seeks to decide on license fees, registration and issuing licenses for tourist hotels, and decide on minimum space and facilities in a tourist hotel.