Sri Lanka targets over 1.9 million tourists for 2019: Tourism chief

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka is expecting to draw 1.9 million to 2.0 million tourists in 2019, helped by lower prices and tightened security after Easter Sunday bombings, down from 2.3 million last year a top official said.

Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau Kishu Gomes, said security has been tightened and tourism authorities are co-coordinating closely with the security authorities and intelligence.

Gomes said Sri Lanka is expecting 117,000 tourists to arrive in country in July.

Daily average arrivals which fell to 1,700 in May had increased to 2,100 in June. By late July daily arrivals had grown to about 4,000.

Sri Lanka is also waiving visa fees for citizens of 48 countries from August 01, for one month short term visas.

All tourists are encouraged to apply online for electronic travel authorization, to avoid delays at the airport. The airport will also have on arrival visa facility. (Colombo/July31/2019)

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