Published on : Friday, November 9, 2018
Official statistics from Sri Lanka’s Tourism Ministry revealed that more than 150,000 tourists arrived in Sri Lanka last month, recording a 0.5 percent growth when compared to the same period last year.
The leading five markets were India, China, Britain, Germany and Australia as per the ministry.
Till October this year over 1.8 million tourists have arrived in the island and it is expected that the industry will see at least 2.5 million tourists by the end of the year.
The total number , 228,000 Chinese tourists have visited the country this year and October alone recording 18,800 Chinese arrivals.
At present the country is facing a political crisis and the country’s new government mentioned that the recent travel advisories mentioned by some foreign governments against visiting the Sri Lanka was unnecessary. Due to this public life was largely undisrupted through the political turbulence however the tourism industry was not subjected to any inconveniences.
The new Foreign Minister, Dr. Sarath Amunugama stated that the new government was fully committed to safeguarding and improving the tourism industry. To increase the arrivals new projects would be launched.