ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is expecting to attract about 100,000 tourists a month in 2022, or about half the 2018 level, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority chief Kimarli Fernando said.
Sri Lanka welcomed the highest ever number of tourists in 2018 with 2.3 million arrivals and it dipped to 1.9 million following the Easter Sunday bombings.
In October, Sri Lanka has welcomed 21,000 arrivals in October and it had already doubled to 40,000 by November which is part of the traditional winter peak season.
“In comparison, in 2018 we had 200,000 tourists every month,” Fernando said. “So even if we target 100,000 which is 50 percent less, then we have done well,”
“Also we must not forget that there is a large market in India. The airlines too have increased to Sri Lanka from India and I believe they don’t do charity.”
Sri Lanka has a very successful vaccination drive, and the country is open for tourism with a level of security, she said.
A number of airlines had already resumed flights to Sri Lanka. (Colombo/Dec07/2021)