According to the Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga, the Bohra Global Conference 2019 will bring as many as 25,000 tourists from 40 countries to Sri Lanka from September 01 to 10, boosting post-Easter Sunday tourism.
And furthermore, Minister said that Bohra Global Conference is the largest international event to be held in Sri Lanka, and will generate at least 50 million US dollars in foreign exchange through hotel bookings, excursions and shopping.It is also the largest event to be hosted in the capital Colombo in recent times, he said.
Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in August are expected to fall only 12.7 percent to 175,000 visitors, recovering from a 70.8 percent plunge in May just after the bombings.
The religious event will take place from September 01 to 10 at Sri Lanka's Bohra Headquarters in Bambalapitiya, but some delegates have already started arriving, he said.
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau Managing Director Chamalie Maelge said that visitors have booked hotels on the coastal areas running from Negombo in Colombo's north to the city of Galle in Sri Lanka's south.Amaratunga said that all government authorities and service providers should work to ensure that the event goes off perfectly.