Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority reports an increase in tourists arriving in the country in charter flights
The Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority has reportedly stated that tourists arriving in Sri Lanka in charter flights have seen a fourfold increase in 2017 from a year earlier. The Authority has also recorded an exponential growth in the Indian and Australian markets.
A report by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority has stated that 51,379 tourists landed in Sri Lanka from charter flights in 2017, up from 13,1440 visitors a year earlier or a 0.6 percent increase to 2.4 percent.
The Authority has noted that total arrivals to Sri Lanka had increased just 3.2 percent in 2017 to 2.1 million tourists.
According to reports, last year saw the highest share of tourists arriving through charter flights since 2008, when 3 percent of arrivals had been through charters.
The biggest customers in 2017 were Russians, with 6,554 taking charters to Sri Lanka, up from 2,690 a year earlier.
Fast growth has been witnessed in the Indian market, with 6,245 tourists taking charters to Sri Lanka, which is an increase from 92 visitors a year earlier.
British travelers have taken the third highest, with 5,626 taking charters, an increase from 1,939 arrivals a year earlier.
The report has stated that 4,533 Australians took charters to Sri Lanka, up from just 52 in 2016.
Poland was the fifth largest market, with 3,014 tourists taking charter flights in 2017, up from 614 a year earlier.
Ukraine, from where the most number of charter customers (3,198) came in 2016 fell to 1,837 tourists in 2017.
There was also moderate demand for charter flights from China and Indonesia in 2017, drawing just over 2,000 tourists each.
The increase in tourists arriving in Sri Lanka in charter flights is indicative of that growth in high spending foreigners to the island nation. The increase in Russians, Indians, British and Australians arriving in charter flights is indicative of the spending capacities of the visitors to Sri Lanka. The country’s tourism industry has been on a growth path since 2015. Therefore, the country’s tourism sector provides lucrative investment opportunities to foreign businesses/investors.
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