Local News from Sri Lanka: According to Sri Lankan Minister for Tourism, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs John Amaratunga, the amount of global visitors arriving in Sri Lanka is now seeing an uptrend and may reach 3 million marks by the end of this year.
“We had three million visitors last calendar year and total revenue was around $4 million. However, there have been cancelations by visitors due to the Easter day bomb blast (on April 21, 2019). But now they’ve picked up the tourist arrivals, “Amaratunga said.
According to him, there are expected to be around three million global travelers in 2019. He said India was Sri Lanka’s number one market, followed by China and other European nations.
The island country has waived the visa fee for Indians and 47 other countries to attract the flow of visitors. “It’s going to be six months. If tourism income is more than visa fee income, we may be able to continue that indefinitely, “said Amaratunga.
He said the government is considering the same thing on the incentives provided to Indian film manufacturers to shoot their films in Sri Lanka. According to Amaratunga, as quickly as the inquiry into the Easter day bomb blast is almost over, the emergency in the island nation will be lifted.