Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka cross 900,000-mark in first 8 months
The Morning: Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka crossed the 900,000-mark this year on 30 August, according to the latest statistics released by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).
According to SLTDA, 900,708 tourists arrived in the country so far this year, which is an increase against 719,978 total arrivals reported for the entire year of 2022.
Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is aiming to attract 2 million visitors in 2023.
Tourism, as one of Sri Lanka’s leading foreign exchange earners, has suffered a setback due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and economic and political crises in the South Asian country.
Sri Lanka’s tourism industry is once again among the fastest growing industries in the country. The industry was dealt a severe blow by the global pandemic and the economic crisis that followed. However, tourist arrivals to the country have shown a steady growth indicating an overall expansion in the tourism industry. The promotional campaigns carried out by local tourism authorities in key tourist source markets as well as the exposure received by Sri Lanka in the international media as a must visit tourist destination have all helped boost the country’s tourism industry. The growing opportunities in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, especially in the leisure and hospitality sectors, present lucrative business/investment opportunities in the industry. The growth and business potential in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has already attracted the attention of many international leisure and hospitality brands that have expressed interest in entering Sri Lanka.
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