Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka increase by 12.6 percent in April 2018 with India and UK tourists leading the list

Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka increase by 12.6 percent in April 2018 with India and UK tourists leading the list

Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals have recorded an increase of 12.6 percent in April this year against the corresponding period last year with India followed by United Kingdom and China heading the list of tourist arrivals to the country.
The total number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka during April 2018 was 180,429. In comparison to April last year, there is a growth of 12.6% when the arrivals were 160,249.
According to reports, almost 94 percent of tourists traveled by air to Sri Lanka.
As at April 30, 2018, the number of tourists who have arrived in the country this year stand at 888,353, which is a 16.1 percent growth over last year when 765,202 tourists had visited the country during the same period.
Reports further state that Asia and Pacific was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 46 percent of the total traffic received in April 2018.
Europe has reportedly accounted for 42 percent of the total traffic, the US 9 percent, Middle East 2 percent and Africa 1 percent.
India, United Kingdom, China, Australia and Germany were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist generating markets in the month of April this year.
India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 17 percent of the total traffic received in April 2018.
United Kingdom accounted for 14 percent of the total traffic, while China, Australia and Germany accounted for 10 percent, 8 percent and 6 percent respectively.

OSL take:

The continuous increase in the number of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka is a clear indication of the growth in the tourism industry. Foreign businesses/investors while introducing new tourism concepts to be promoted in Sri Lanka, could also look at the opportunities in further developing the existing facilities in the country’s hospitality and leisure sector.

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