COLOMBO (Reuters) – Vacationer arrivals in Sri Lanka fell sharply in Could and June from a 12 months in the past, as guests shunned the Indian Ocean island after the Easter Sunday assaults, the tourism bureau stated on Wednesday.
International customer arrivals in Could fell 70.eight% to 37,802 in contrast with 129,466 a 12 months in the past, the bottom stage because the finish of the civil battle a decade in the past.
Arrivals in June fell 57% to 63,072 versus 146,828 a 12 months in the past, information launched by the tourism bureau confirmed.
Vacationer site visitors for the primary half of the 12 months from January to June was down by 13.four %.
Suicide bombers attacked church buildings and luxurious motels throughout the island killing greater than 250 individuals, together with 42 international nationals. A number of international locations issued journey advisories quickly after the assault.
A collapse in tourism would deal a extreme blow to the island’s financial system and monetary markets.
Tourism was Sri Lanka’s third largest and quickest rising supply of international foreign money final 12 months, after personal remittances and textile and garment exports, accounting for nearly $four.four billion or four.9 % of gross home product in 2018.
Reporting by Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal; Writing by Aditi Shah; Modifying by Sanjeev Miglani