Sri Lanka tourist arrivals recover to a 9.5-pct fall in Nov

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals were down 9.5 percent from a year earlier to 244,239 in November 2019, recovering from a 70 percent fall in May after Easter Sunday suicide attacks, official data show.

Sri Lanka’s tourism promotion office said arrivals up to November was 1.672 million, down 19.6 percent from a year earlier.

Sri Lanka is targeting about 1.9 million tourists in 2019, after initially expecting about 2.5 million tourists for 2019.

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Key western generation markets and India, which the top generating market lifted travel advisors quickly after a terror cell, that carried out the bombings was shut down by authorities.

The travel industry also cut rates to spur arrivals which has reduced total revenues. (Colombo/Dec05/2019)

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