December tourist arrivals reach 70,000
Around 70,000 tourists arrived in the country in December, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).
The highest tourist arrivals have been reported from India with 19,574 arrivals recorded in December, followed by Russia, UK, Germany, Australia, US, France, Maldives, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
With the pandemic restriction being eased, the number of tourist arrivals is expected to increase with around 80,000 tourists expected to arrive in the country in January 2022.
So far this year, the SLTDA has recorded a total of around 174,930 tourist arrivals with 1,682 arrivals reported in January, 3,366 recorded in February, 4,581 in March, 4,168 in April, 1,497 in May, 1,614 in June, 2,429 in July, 5,040 in August, 13,547 in September, 22,771 in October, 44,294 in November and 69,941 so far in December.
(Source: Daily News – By Camelia Nathaniel)
Are these tourists bringing any money?
Are the international tourist chains milking the tourists in $’s and paying the SL hotels for the food in meagre rupees?
When there is a massive food shortage how can they accommodate 70.000 tourist. It is mad to visit Sri Lanka, because you get a better deal visiting Thailand.
Thailand has made itself a colony of the Yankees providing sex tourism of both boys and girls while Sri lanka and Sri lankans have bogged in their non-aligned cesspit. Funny, both countries have Buddhism and even Thais provided current Buddhism in Sri lanka. But they have not baggaged by it or some thousands years of proud history that led to go SL begging around the world. Thais think freely and live in the current modern world and live happier better lives.