The Lanka Private Bus Owners’ Association (LPBOA) has made a proposal to the National Transport Commission (NTC) to set up a tourist information unit at the Bastian Mawatha Bus Station with a rest area.
LPBOA President Gemunu Wijerathne said the association has informed the President in this regard and he commended the initiative and told him that he would inform Tourism Minister Harin Fernando to consider the proposal.
Speaking to Ceylon Today yesterday (17), Wijerathne added that even after getting the President’s approval, it is hard to obtain the support of subject ministers, as they lack interest.
“The association is planning to arrange a transport service which would appeal to tourists. Tourists can choose between the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) and private busses or trains for their transport needs,” added Wijerathne.
He requested to build a comfortable rest area at the Bastian Mawatha Bus Station for tourists to have at least one or two hours of rest, under the concept of safe transit.
“Tourists will be charged ordinary bus fares. Tourists can select the types of busses and/or trains as they wish, but no additional charges will be levied from them other than transport costs,” he said.
He added that the online service will be promoted by the Tourism Ministry and the Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE).
Wijerathne said they should take immediate action to promote our tourism industry worldwide to bring dollars to the country.
By Nabiya Vaffoor