Sri Lanka tourism chief is confident of rapid revival of tourism

Published on : Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Kishu Gomes, Sri Lanka Tourism chief has recently shown his confidence on the resurgence of the tourism industry of the country in less than 13 months, in the results of the Easter Sunday bombings and is quite positive that it will revert back to growth mode in two months.


“I’m sure it wouldn’t take 13 months for us to recover. With security being assured, I’m confident that we will be able to revert to the current declining trend get on to growing mode to achieve the numbers that we have targeted,” Gomes informed reporters yesterday in Colombo. Gomes expressed his estimation on the average recovery period of countries that encountered similar situation in the last couple of years, including Indonesia, Thailand, France and the United Kingdom.


He stated that Sri Lanka never experienced a single attack since April 21st. He noting that the incidents that happened after Easter Sunday attacks were related to the search operations conducted by the police and tri-forces.


Representing the security forces, Brigadier Sumith Atapattu stated that 70-80 percent of the cadre of the organization behind the bombings has by now been captured and around 15,000 troops have been installed in the country to help the public, besides search operations and investigations.


As per Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), the tourist arrivals dropped by 7.5 percent annually to 166,975 in April, as the arrivals in the first four months showed major growth of 2.2 percent YoY, reaching 0.9 million tourist arrivals.



In April, the United Kingdom was the largest source market, after India and China.


The Chinese market dropped 18.3 percent to 14,263 tourists, as arrivals from Australia fell 31.8 percent to 9,565 visitors.

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