April, 9, 2019
Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals in March 2019 recorded 244,328 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 233,382 arrived in March 2018, latest data outlines. Arrivals rose 4.7% compared to the same period last year.
Europe became the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 49% of the total traffic received in March 2019. Asia and Pacific accounted for 40% of the total traffic, America 8%, Middle East 2% and Africa 1%. India, United Kingdom, China, Germany and France were Sri Lanka's top five international tourist generating markets in the month of March this year. India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 14% of the total traffic received in March 2019, UK accounted for 12% of the total traffic; while China, Germany and France accounted for 10%, 7% and 6% respectively. Arrivals from North America rose 25.4% to 18,797 in March and the arrivals from US rose 29.3% to 12,543 during the month while arrivals from Canada increased 17.6%. Tourist arrivals from Europe declined by 3.4% with the arrival of 119,955 tourists. Most of the tourists came from UK (29,682), followed by Germany (18,134), France (13,957), and Russian Federation (12,705).
Tourist arrivals from Middle East increased by 23.3% with the arrival of 4,339 visitors compared to the 3,520 arrived in March 2018. Tourist arrivals from Asia & Pacific increased by 11.7% with 98,664 arriving in the island. Tourist arrivals from India rose 13.8% with 34812 visitors arriving while arrivals from China increased by 12.60% to record 23,759 arrivals. Arrivals from Australia recorded 28.1% increase with 11,441 visitors entering the country in March 2019.
- Reporting by Devendra Francis