Sri Lanka expects 100,000 tourists in July: Prime Minister

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is expecting 100,000 tourist come to the country in July, after arrivals plunged to 37,000 in May in the wake of Easter Sunday bombings, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe said.

"Because of the swift action taken by the government, arrivals rose to 63,000 in June," Wickremesinghe was quoted as saying during a speech in Trincomallee.

"Arrivals will grow to 100,000 by end of July and 125,000 in the following month."

Sri Lanka’s arrivals were down 57 percent from a year earlier in June. A total of 100,000 would make it about 50 percent of the volume of arrivals compared to last July when 212,000 visitors came.

Western nations relaxed travel advisors within weeks of the attack, after initially warning citizens to leave the country.

Sri Lanka’s security forces were shut down a network of Islamist terrorists rapidly. It had been revealed that some members of the group had been in the pay of the government in the past.

Wickremesinghe has re-built strained relations with the West after 2015. (Colombo/July14/2019)