Earnings from tourism were provisionally estimated at $ 454 million in December 2019, in comparison to $ 475 million in December 2018.Monthly tourist arrivals after the Easter Sunday attacks recovered notably and recorded only a modest decline on a year-on-year basis in December 2019.
Tourist arrivals were recorded at 1.9 million in 2019, a decline of 18% compared to 2.3 million arrivals in 2018. The tourism sector could suffer a further setback in the period ahead, following the outbreak of the new coronavirus that originated in China and spread to several other countries.
Meanwhile, workers’ remittances recorded a growth of 13.8% in December 2019, year-on-year, amounting to $ 665 million. On a cumulative basis, workers’ remittances recorded a decline of 4.3%, amounting to $ 6,717 million in 2019 compared to $ 7,015 million in 2018.