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Worker remittances lose steam amidst an increase in tourist arrivals

The worker remittances to Sri Lanka have declined during July, though the earnings from tourism have continued to grow, providing a cushion to the current account of the external account of Sri Lanka, the Central Bank announced.   

Sri Lankan workers’ remittances to the island have declined to a moderate level of 1.6 per cent, year on year, to USD 619 million in July 2018.

Consequently, on a cumulative basis, up to July 2018 workers’ remittances grew by 0.5 per cent (year-on-year) to USD 4,243 million
Meanwhile, tourist arrivals increased moderately by 6.0 per cent with 217,829 tourist arrivals in July 2018 despite July being the traditional off season period for tourists during the year.

Total tourist arrivals during the first seven months of 2018 were 1,382,476 with a growth of 13.7 per cent in comparison to the corresponding period of 2017.

Earnings from tourism in July 2018 are estimated at USD 404 million, with cumulative earnings amounting to USD 2.5 billion during the first seven months of 2018.

Growth in tourist arrivals from India, United Kingdom, Netherlands, Australia and the United States contributed to the higher number of tourists during the period.

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