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Title: Impact of COVID-19 on Sri Lanka’s tourism industry
Authors: Hasna, M. H. F.
Sachithanantham, Thavaprabha
Keywords: Tourism
Sri Lanka
Issue Date: Dec-2021
Publisher: Faculty of Arts and Culture, South Eastern University of Sri Lanka, University Park, Oluvil.
Citation: Kalam, International Research Journal, Faculty of Arts and Culture,14(4), 2021. pp. 73-82.
Abstract: The tourism sector contributes significantly to the national economy of Sri Lanka. From ancient time to now Sri Lanka has been a high-value destination that provides remarkable experiences with its natural beauty and cultural heritage and brings economic benefits to the country. The civil war existed for nearly 30 years ended in 2009 and there was a massive increase in tourist arrivals. Unfortunately in 2019 Easter Attacks became a significant setback for the country's tourist industry. Following the incidence, COVID 19 pandemic has triggered the biggest downturn in the sector. Considering the fact, this is a qualitative study conducted with the main objective to determine the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Sri Lankan tourism industry. It is clear from the study that total arrivals, revenues, gross domestic production and other indicators have all dropped dramatically. This has resulted in unemployment, socioeconomic issues, and a negative influence on associated industries and budgetary balances. To determine the appropriate course of action for strengthening Sri Lanka's tourist industry, we must develop strategies and plans to create a Post COVID tourism market.
ISSN: 1391-6815
Appears in Collections:Volume 14 Issue 4

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