Sri Lanka records nearly 1,000 tourist arrivals in first week of June
Sri Lanka’s Ministry of Tourism has reportedly informed that an estimated 997 tourists have arrived in the country during the first week of June.
Sri Lanka’s Tourism Ministry Secretary S. Hettiarachchi has told The Sunday Morning that the tourist arrivals are 1,682 arrivals in January, 3,366 in February, 4,581 in March, and 4,168 arrivals in April.
“In the last week of May, the airport closed, thus, the tourist arrivals from 1 May to 21 May is 1497, with around 997 arrivals so far as of 7 June,” Hettiarachchi has said.
He has further stated that most of the tourists have arrived from the countries of Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Germany, China, and India while more tourists are expected to arrive from these countries.
“After 21 June, health authorities have said that they will evaluate what the situation of the pandemic is, whether we are at a standstill or if there has been an increase or decrease of Covid patients and take necessary decisions,” Hettiarachchi has told the media.
He has added that tourists are still visiting the country under the travel bubble system that is in place along with quarantining at the Level 1 hotels.
According to the Tourism Ministry Secretary, the ministry expects more than 100,000 arrivals from China.
“There are currently two ways we can increase our tourist arrivals, one includes an associate from the Chinese Embassy who is related to the cultural ministry who proposed to bring pilgrim tourists,” Hettiarachchi has added.
The statement by the Tourism Ministry Secretary is indicative of Sri Lanka’s tourism industry showing a steady return to normalcy after facing the impact of the global Covid 19 pandemic. Sri Lanka’s tourismindustry was one of the fastest growing economic sectors in the country when the Covid 19 pandemic resulted in global travel restrictions. All this has resulted in the country’s tourism industry showing a positive expansion. Foreign businesses/investors could therefore explore business/investment opportunities in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.
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