Daily Mirror – Sri Lanka Breaking News & Headlines
- 1.2 million tourists are expected this year
- (BIA) and service providers to the tourism industry have been instructed to provide the maximum possible facilities for tourists
By Sandun A Jayasekara
The prestigious international travel advice blog, the “Culture Trip”, has called Sri Lanka a safe destination for tourists. This has been further proven by the sharp increase in tourist arrivals over the past few months, Government Spokesperson Dr Ramesh Pathirana said yesterday.
He told the media that 1.2 million tourists are expected this year and as such, Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) and tourism industry service providers have been tasked to provide maximum service. possible facilities for tourists.
Responding to a journalist, Minister Dr. Pathirana said that the shortage of cement, some food products and oil was the direct result of the sharp decline in foreign exchange earnings from the tourism industry, exports and money transfers. foreign funds triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We hope that 2022 will be a better year as signs of improvement in tourist arrivals, export earnings and foreign remittances are already there. The government would take measures to eliminate shortages of all commodities essential foodstuffs, oil and medicines once foreign exchange reserves reach a satisfactory level,” Minister Dr. Pathirana said.
Demand from the construction industry has also increased in recent years, causing a shortage of cement. A number of high-rise buildings are springing up in Colombo and many other parts of the country, which has increased the demand for cement, he noted.
- We hope that 2022 will be a better year, as signs of improvement in tourist arrivals, export earnings and foreign remittances are already there.