AEIR 2021

The tourism-driven economy contracted by 10.3% in fiscal year 2020 (FY2020, ending 30 September), following a 1.8% decline in FY2019. Global travel restrictions resulted into a sharp decline in tourist arrivals by 99% year-on-year (y-o-y) from April 2020 to September 2020, after drops of 43% y-o-y in February 2020 and 70% y-o-y in March. Additional spending under the Coronavirus Relief One-Stop Shop Program, coupled with a 25% decline in tax collections, led to the first fiscal deficit in a decade. The current account deficit widened to 32.6% of GDP, given the collapse in tourism receipts. Another 7.8% contraction is projected in FY2021, due to continued declines in arrivals. The economy is expected to begin recovering, growing by 10.4% in FY2022 with an expected rebound in tourism.

Source: Asian Development Outlook 2021.
Latest Month-Ago Year-Ago
Headline Inflation Rate 1 1.9 (Dec17)0.4
Merchandise Export Growth 1 -6.5 (Jul21)-6.5 314.0
Exchange Rate Index 2 100.0 (Oct21)100.0 100.0
1 y-o-y, %.
2 Monthly average, January 2006 = 100, $/local currency.
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