In view of the terror attacks that occurred a few months ago in Sri Lanka, the island country has seen a sharp decline in the number of tourists visits. This has led to Sri Lankan authorities announce a free visa on arrival for tourists from India and China. The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority’s first monthly report since the terror attacks, showed that Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals declined 7.5% in April 2019 as compared to what it was last year. This has led the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority to take the step. Why free visa for Indians, you ask? Well, the answer lies in the fact that around 450,000 Indians visited Sri Lanka last year, the island country was expecting the total Indian tourist arrivals to cross one million mark in 2019.
The recent bombings on churches in Sri Lanka saw a drastic decline in tourism, owing to safety concerns, and the fact that many countries issued red alert notices to tourists traveling to Sri Lanka. However, tourism authorities and those working in the hospitality industry do expect things to improve soon. Sri Lanka welcomed a record 2.33 million tourists last year, and was named the world’s top travel destination this year by the Lonely Planet travel guide.