Home / Front Page/ August tourist arrivals up 5%

August tourist arrivals up 5%


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Friday, 7 September 2018 00:00

Facebook

Reuters: Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka rose 4.9% year-on-year in August, government data showed on Thursday.

Tourist arrivals for the first eight months of the year rose 12.5% from the same period last year.

The Government slashed its target for tourist arrivals and revenue for this year after a record 2017, citing anti-Muslim violence and an outbreak of dengue fever.

Tourism Minister John Amaratunga in April said 2.5 million tourists were expected, down from an earlier estimate of 3 million, generating $ 4 billion in revenue. Tourism accounts for nearly 5% of Sri Lanka’s $ 87 billion economy. In March, the Government declared a state of emergency in the central district of Kandy after a riot in which mosques and Muslim homes and businesses were destroyed.

Tourist arrivals rose 3.2% to 2.1 million last year. Tourism revenues rose by a similar percentage to an all-time peak of $ 3.63 billion.


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

On time – Only for a week! A must-change!

Thursday, 18 April 2019

We are in April and the month where we witness the declaration of a new year as per our traditional practice. It is that period of time when a huge majority of our population, which certainly can be counted in millions, intends to act in unison and q


Unholy trinity is unholy to Sri Lanka from all fronts

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Let us see the background of the unholy trinity or impossible trinity or trilemma. Every country is challenged with international monetary policy which will in return decide the fate of the economic growth. Three strategies available are;


Is it the plane or the pilot?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The two recent crashes involving Boeing 737 MAX twin-engine jetliners have brought flight safety into sharper focus than ever after many decades. This is in many ways a story of success breeding complacency. Airline safety has improved beyond belief


Is Sri Lanka capable of a course correction?

Thursday, 18 April 2019

The genesis of Sri Lanka’s current political and economic problems can very well be traced back to several structural issues of the country, both politically and culturally. It is no secret that from the outset of the war in Sri Lanka, the country


Columnists More