Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka increase by 6 percent in July 2018 with India, China and the UK heading the list
Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka has reportedly increased by 6 percent to 217,829 in July 2018 from a year earlier, with India, China and the United Kingdom being recorded as the biggest markets.
Official data of the tourism promotions bureau has stated that arrivals in the seven months to July were up 13.7 percent to 1.2 million visitors from the previous year.
India, China, the UK, Netherlands and France were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist generating markets in July this year, the tourism office has reportedly stated in a report.
According to reports, India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 14% of the total traffic received in July 2018 followed by China which accounted for 13% of traffic.
The UK has come next with 12% of total arrivals, followed by the Netherlands and France which accounted for 6% and 5% of traffic.
Reports further state that Europe continued to be the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 44% of the total traffic received in July 2018, while the Asia and Pacific accounted for 42% of total traffic, and the Middle East 7%.
The increase in tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in July this year is in line with the continuous increase in arrivals in the past few years. Looking at the countries that head the tourist arrivals list to Sri Lanka, It is evident that the arrivals figures would see a further increase in the future as well. Sri Lanka’s tourism sector is on a rapid development path. Hence, there are many investment opportunities open for foreign businesses/investors to engage in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry.
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