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IMF Considering Removing VAT Conditions on Sri Lanka’s Tourism Industry

  • The IMF is reconsidering conditions on the imposition of 18% VAT on the tourism industry in Sri Lanka.
  • The Sri Lanka Association of Inbound Tour Operators (SLAITO) raised concerns about the sudden imposition of VAT on Destination Management Companies (DMCs).
  • The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) Chairman held a meeting with the IMF to request a reconsideration of the VAT condition.
  • The IMF was receptive to the request and said they would take up the concern.
  • The imposition of VAT could result in a loss of 200,000 tourists and $400 million in revenue.
  • The DMCs would be compelled to absorb the 18% VAT, as rates given to tour operators overseas did not include it.
  • The industry plans to include the VAT in tour quotes from November onwards.
  • The late announcement of the removal of the VAT exemption makes it difficult to change tour package rates.
  • The industry may have to curtail promotions to manage funds due to the impact of the VAT.

Source: sundaytimes.lk

Note that this post was (partially) written with the help of AI. It is always useful to review the original source material, and where needed to obtain (local) advice from a specialist.

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