Published on : Thursday, December 31, 2020
Sri Lanka has reopened to tourists after being closed for more than nine months.
The Indian Ocean island nation closed to tourists in March, after the first wave of the corona virus struck. Authorities also closed the two main international airports.
The Sri Lanka government has said that a pilot program for luring tourists is now being carried out. The first tourists arrived on a special flight from Ukraine on Monday. The 186 tourists are expected to stay in Sri Lanka for 10 days. Under the pilot program to run till Jan. 24, 2,580 tourists are expected to arrive in Sri Lanka, generally from CIS countries.
Covid -19 has dealt a severe blow to tourism, which is a vital economic sector for Sri Lanka, accounting for about 5% of its GDP and employing 250,000 people directly and up to 2 million indirectly.
Previously, Sri Lanka had announced that it would reopen to tourists on August 1, but the date was pushed back after new Covid-19 patients were reported.
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