Sri Lanka to increase money exchange counters at international airport

Sri Lanka to increase money exchange counters at international airport

Colombo, May 16 (newsin.asia) – Sri Lanka’s cabinet of ministers, on Wednesday approved a proposal to increase the number of foreign exchange counters at the arrival terminal of the Bandaranaike International Airport for the benefit of travelers visiting the island country.

Cabinet Spokesperson, Rajitha Senaratne said that following a proposal made by Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation, Nimal Siripala de Silva, permission was granted for four banks – Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC, Sampath Bank PLC, state run Bank of Ceylon and Peoples’ Bank, and a foreign exchange company, Thomas Cook Lanka Private Ltd., to run foreign exchange counters at the arrival terminal.

The counters will be run beyond the customs areas in the arrivals lounge.

Currently there are three money exchange counters in the public area of the airport.

Sri Lanka has recorded a rise in the number of tourists visiting the island in recent years, with over 180,000 tourists arriving till April this year.

India, China and Britain are the leading three markets generating the most number of tourists.

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