Lanka earns $2.3 billion from tourism this year so far

 Wednesday, October 16, 2019 


The central bank of Sri Lanka on Tuesday said the island country earned $2.3 billion from tourism in the first eight months of this year despite a severe setback suffered from the April 21 terrorist attacks.


According to official figures from the central bank, earnings from tourism were estimated at $270 million in August, compared to $376 million in the same month last year.


However, according to official figures released by the Tourism Ministry, arrival numbers has seen a rise since July and in September, which topped the 100,000 mark.


Over all, till September this year, the total number of tourist arrivals was 1.3 million.


Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs Minister John Amaratunga said recently that the government was on track to reach its target of two million tourists by the end of this year.


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