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Spas in SL allowed to bring in foreign massage therapists!

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Due to a shortage of experienced male and female spa therapists in the country, the Sri Lanka Tourist Development Authority (SLTDA) has decided to grant permission for registered hotels to employ therapists from overseas, SLTDA Director General Upali Ratnayake said.

He said that several hotel owners have pointed out to the SLTDA that many foreign tourists visiting the country are looking forward to having spa therapy in hotels, but due to the lack of experienced female and male therapists for it, many spas in leading hotels have been closed.

Mr. Ratnayake said that permission was granted according to a request made by the hotel owners.

“Although a plan had been implemented earlier to recruit spa therapists under an NVQ certificate through the Ayurveda Department, it had to be suspended due to strong opposition from Ayurvedic doctors’ associations,” Ratnayake said.

A total of 469 hotels, including luxury hotels, have registered with the SLTDA that has made a decision to grant a one-year visa for foreign male and female spa therapists to work here.

Meanwhile, Sanath Ukwatta, former Chairman of the Sri Lanka Hotel Association (SLHA), stated that due to social misconceptions about working as spa therapists in hotels, most local workers are hesitant to work in hotels.

Ukwatta further said that the country has lost a lot of foreign exchange due to the closure of massage centres in hotels.

Tourism State Minister Mrs. Diana Gamage said that if it is possible to train experienced spa therapists in this country, it is possible to get employment opportunities in Thailand, Singapore, Maldives and other countries, to bring the necessary dollars to the country.

(dailymirror.lk)

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Sinopec to import and market SL products (Pics)

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Sinopec, the giant oil company with over 27,000 service stations in China, entered into an agreement with the Beijing Sri Road Connection Trade Company Limited during the Shanghai CIIE, to import and market Sri Lanka Food and Beverage products at their convenience stores. The contract is worth over USD 0.8 million.

The agreement between Sinopec and Beijing Sri Road will facilitate further expansion of Sri Lanka F & B products in the lucrative Chinese market., CEO of Beijing Sri Road Connection Trade Company Limited Chiranjaya Udumullage, and Deputy Manager of International Sales of Sinopec Wang Qian signed the agreement.

In a statement, the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Beijing notes, “This connect with Sinopec is indeed special, as this year is a significant landmark for both Sri Lanka and China. The year commemorates the 65th Anniversary of establishing bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries and the 70th anniversary of the Rubber – Rice Pact.”

The 5th China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai was held from 5 to 10 November, 2022. There were two Sri Lankan pavilions; Food & Beverage and the Gems and Jewellery section. The China – Sri Lanka Association for Trade and Economic Cooperation voluntarily took charge and organized the Sri Lanka pavilion with the support of the Embassy of Sri Lanka and member companies of the Association and others. This is the 5th time that Sri Lanka has participated, maintaining a presence at the event. This presence is considered essential since companies which participated in the CIIE were able to achieve remarkable success with daily sales at the pavilion topping RMB 500,000 and over 160 trade inquiries.

The CIIE is the largest trade Fair in China for global companies to access the biggest consumer market in the world; the Chinese market.

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Litro to release 100,000 gas cylinders daily

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Litro Gas Company said that it would release 100,000 gas cylinders to the market daily.

Its Chairman Muditha Peiris said that gas cylinders will be released to the market without any shortage during the festive season.

He also said that a ship carrying 3,740 metric tons of gas arrived in Sri Lanka yesterday (30).

Mr. Peiris said the required amount of LP gas has been ordered to meet the increasing demand during the festive season.

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Sathosa slashes prices of 4 essential food items

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Lanka Sathosa says it has decided to reduce the prices of four essential food items with effect from tomorrow (Dec.01).

The revised prices are as follows;

  • A Kilo of Red Raw Rice has been reduced by Rs. 06 to Rs. 199
  • A Kilo of Keeri Samba has been reduced by Rs. 15 to Rs. 225
  • A Kilo of Big Onions has been reduced by Rs. 30 to Rs. 225
  • A Kilo of Sprats has been reduced by Rs. 150 to Rs. 1150

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