The travel and tourism industry in Jaffna is expected to be fully operational by the second half of next year as development work is improving rapidly, Manoj Express Services, Managing Director, S. Manoharan told Daily News Business.
He said that entrepreneurs in the travel industry are getting ready to meet this potential demand by improving accommodation, building new hotels, improving transport and other services. A few star hotels are being built and another 35 rooms will be ready by early next year.
After the Government resettled those in IDP camps, Jaffna is crowded compared to previous years and people have peace of mind to travel even at midnight without any fear.
As a result many people are seen in the city until late evenings, he said. Around 2,500-3,000 people move to and from to Jaffna by road daily and another 100-150 by air including Government officials, VIPs and foreigners.
Manohara said that a special two-day tour package has been introduced by his company where visitors can enjoy traditional Jaffna food, accommodation and transport to visit important places at an affordable rate.
Manoharan said that it was good that the Government did not open the A9 highway fully because the essential services were not ready. It would have become difficult to control large crowds coming to the city making people uncomfortable.
A number of private sector companies such as insurance, banks and hospitals have started businesses and some banks have approved loans from Rs 200,000 up to Rs 5 million.
This has resulted in a keen interest among those who wish to invest in SMEs, he said.