British Asia News Network- AD
Colombo: Island nation is expecting 3 million tourists in 2019 as per Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga. In 2018 2.5 million target was missed because of political and economic crisis caused by President Maithripala Sirisena.
He said “We are targeting three million tourists this year,” at the launch of an online entry permit service for the country’s national parks.
In 2018 2.3 million tourists visited, up 10.3 % from a year earlier, missing a target of 2.5 million which was a growth of 18 percent.
President Sirisena suddenly appointed ex-President Mahinda Rajapaksa as Prime Minister on October 26, who did not have a parliamentary majority and illegally dissolved parliament.
Minister said 2.5 million tourist target for 2018 could not be achieved due the political crisis which began in October and ended in December triggering many embassies issue travel warnings.