Government loosens regulations for foreign travellers in bid to increase tourist numbers
15th April 2019
Today, Councillor Electra Georgiou announced that restrictions on the number of tourists allowed to visit Kerlile each year are to be lifted, in a bid to encourage more visitors. The Council have also issued new guarantees that tourists will receive protection from arrest for “minor crimes”.
In a surprising move, the Council have amended the tourism restrictions to allow visitors “regardless of gender”. This move will allow foreign males to enter Kerlile for the first time since 1960 (excluding diplomatic personnel). Tourist groups will still be required to stick with tour guides throughout their visit, but restrictions upon where tour groups are allowed to visit have been greatly loosened.
“It is the hope of the Council that we can show the world that Kerlile is a beautiful, cultured place by allowing more visitors to enter our nation. For too long we have prevented many from visiting our country, and we intend for that to change. We hope this will lead to an increased interest in Kerlian culture abroad, and that we can also introduce other cultures into Kerlile,” Councillor Georgiou said in her statement.
Councillor Georgiou is known to be a fan of the arts, and has been responsible for several initiatives to increase arts education funding, and provide more opportunities for young Kerlians to get involved in the arts. She even championed a controversial initiative to create a music programme for boys, but the bill was vetoed by President Greenwood, who cited “budgetary constraints”.
The Council issued a new decree today that only Kerlian citizens could be charged with “anti-matriarchal activity”, and have pledged to release any foreign citizen who has been detained on this charge before. The Council have ensured that tourists will only be detained if they commit an “internationally recognised crime, such as murder” from this point forward. Foreign citizens guilty of ‘minor crimes’ will be deported back to their country of origin.
Councillor Rebecca Arnott said after Councillor Georgiou’s statement: “it is hoped that these new measures will increase tourist numbers, and will herald a new era for the Matriarchy of Kerlile, as we begin engaging more productively with the international community, and show people that the less savoury elements of Kerlile are firmly in the past.”