Easter Sunday Bombings, which killed over 250 people, had a great effect on the tourism industry of Sri Lanka.
Tourism is the largest revenue-generating industry of Sri Lanka that has tourists arriving from Asia-Pacific and Europe as it brings 90% of the total visitors. The Tourism Development Authority of Sri Lanka reports that after the attacks on 21st April, the number of tourists has fallen to half which is a huge disaster for the country’s economy.
The loss is expected to be as much as $160 million in the financial year till the end of March 2020, according to the Chief executive officer of Airlines of Sri Lanka, because of the attack; the tourists feel unsafe in their country.
Sri Lanka Peace and Justice Campaign have criticized the role of Military in the tourism. They have done nothing in solving this issue of land grabs, damaged the local economy and that they have been complicit in basic human rights implications.
According to the official data, the total profit from tourism has fallen in the first half of 2019 from 13.4% to $1.89 billion.
To overcome their huge loss Sri Lanka is trying to lure in their tourists back by offering great discounts on certain services also has cut down on the fee on tourist visas for 48 nations including China, United Kingdom, and India. They have simplified the visa process for these countries too.
And who would not want all of this, right? They sure have succeeded in grabbing the attention of many people and the Hospitality Executives have said that too; that this has started to aid the country.
As an executive at Hikkaduwa Beach Hotels, popular for water sports, Saneewani Yogarajah reported:
“We are 50% booked for winter and we are sure that we will get booked 90% by the start of winters”
But the main concern is the presidential elections; they will hinder the progress as there are concerns over further political chaos and violence.