Sri Lanka is seeing an increase in tourism earnings in the first quarter
Colombo, April 8 (IANS) Amid the ongoing economic crisis, Sri Lanka has seen an increase in tourism earnings with around $530 million received in the first three months of 2023, according to the latest data from the country’s central bank.
The data showed that Sri Lanka earned $198.1 million in March, raising tourism earnings in the first quarter to $529.8 million.
China’s state news agency Xinhua reported that in the first three months of 2022, Sri Lanka earned $482.3 million from tourism.
A tourism official said earlier this month that Sri Lanka’s tourism industry aims to attract 2 million visitors in 2023, up from the previous target of 1.5 million.
Tourism, one of the most prominent sources of foreign exchange in Sri Lanka, has suffered a setback due to the Covid-19 pandemic in addition to the economic and political crises in the country.