The tourism sector suffered a setback in January 2020 following the outbreak of COVID-19, reversing the recovering trend of the tourist arrivals since the Easter Sunday attacks. Tourist arrivals in January 2020 declined by 6.5% to 228,434 compared to 244,239 in January 2019.
Tourist arrivals from Russia, Poland and Ukraine increased in January 2020 (year-on-year), while arrivals from key destinations, such as Australia, France, the United Kingdom, Germany and China, declined.
Although the tourism industry rapidly recovered from the Easter Sunday attacks by end 2019, the COVID-19 outbreak reversed the recovering trend in January 2020. Workers’ remittances recorded a year-on-year growth in January 2020, the Central Bank observed in its report.