(COLOMBO, LANKAPUVATH) –The healthy growth in the number of tourists arriving from India, the United Kingdom and Australia resulted in tourist arrivals increasing by 12.6 per cent in April 2018 in comparison to April 2017. Total tourist arrivals during the first four months of 2018 grew by 16.1 per cent to 888,353 in comparison to the corresponding period of 2017.
Earnings from tourism in April 2018 are estimated at US dollars 335 million, with cumulative earnings during the first four months of 2018 amounting to US dollars 1,647 million.
Meanwhile, continuing the growth momentum observed in the previous month, workers’ remittances increased markedly by 10.9 per cent to US dollars 541 million in April 2018. Consequently, workers’ remittances increased by 5.0 per cent to US dollars 2,520 million during the first four months of 2018 in comparison to the corresponding period of 2017.