Sri Lanka tourist arrivals drop nearly 28 percent in September 2019

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals drop nearly 28 percent in September 2019

Oct 05, 2019

Colombo (Sri Lanka) Oct 05: The number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka declined for the sixth straight month in September 2019 by 27.7 percent in comparison to September of last year.
According to the latest data from the Tourism Ministry, total number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in September was 108,575. In comparison to the 149,087 arrived in September 2018.
However, tourist arrivals has been gradually rising following the suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels in the country on Easter Sunday this year. Year-on-Year tourist arrivals declined 28% in August, 46% in July, 57% in June and 70.8% in May this year.
This month, the largest source market for tourists was India, followed by China and the United Kingdom.
As at 30th September 2019, 1,376,312 of tourists had visited Sri Lanka for this year. It is a decline of 20.5% over last year when 1,731,922 tourists had visited the country during the same period.
Asia and Pacific became the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 58% of the total traffic received in September 2019. Europe accounted for 34% of the total traffic, America 5%, Middle East 2% and Africa 1%.
India, China, United Kingdom, Australia and Germany were Sri Lanka's top five international tourist generating markets in the month of September this year. India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 27% of the total traffic received in September 2019. China accounted for 8% of the total traffic; while United Kingdom, Australia and Germany accounted for 8%, 6% (both) respectively.
Source: Colombo Page