COLOMBO: Sri Lanka earned a document $three.5 billion from tourism in 2016, seven years after the tip of a devastating civil struggle, a govt minister said.
but sources within the business warned that the put up-war increase could be brief-lived as planned airport closures pressured the cancellation of world flights.
Tourism on the Indian Ocean island suffered closely right through a many years-long civil warfare that ended in 2009, however has been recovering in recent years.
Tourism minister John Amaratunga stated Sri Lanka had 2.05 million arrivals in 2016, in need of its target of two.2 million but nonetheless the very best the island has ever recorded.
The minister mentioned he hoped for an additional rise in 2017, but business figures warned tourism could fall with the aid of 30 %, hit by way of the daytime closure of the Colombo world airport for 3 months for a runway improve.
“The drop shall be because of the partial airport closure and (national provider) Sri Lankan stopping direct flights to France and Germany,” a senior tourism respectable instructed AFP.
global airlines have diminished flights to Colombo all over the airport refurbishment that’s expected to proceed unless April.
Sri Lanka´s loss-making national service Sri Lankan has mentioned it’ll lose $50 million because of flight cancellations.
vacationers have lengthy been interested in Sri Lanka for its golden beaches, cultural websites and picturesque tea plantations.
Authorities say tourism has also been boosted with the aid of improvements within the island´s international recognition for human rights following the ousting two years in the past of former president Mahinda Rajapakse, broadly criticised for suppressing dissent.