Sri Lanka tourist arrivals reach 2013 target after data revision

Jan 08, 2014 (LBO) – Sri Lanka said it had received 1.27 million tourists, topping a 1.2 million target for 2013 after changing the method of calculation, as concern grows over the credibility of state data. The latest tourism statistical reports come amid a call by business chambers to probe allegations of manipulating gross domestic product data.

There are also queries over Sri Lanka’s budget deficit data and official inflation statistics where there are increasingly frequent base changes.

Sri Lanka does not have an independent public service, which had created broader problems over governance and rule of law and a deterioration of institutions.

Corrected – 2013 target Up to November Sri Lanka welcomed 1,016,228 million tourists, and had to get 200,000 tourists in December to reach the target, which would have been almost double the 122,000 arrivals in the month in December.

But the tourism office said Wednesday it had comfortably topped 1.2 million after the “latest validation” of data attracting 1,274,593 tourists.

“Sri Lanka Tourism has validated the tourism arrival figures for each month of the year 2013 and according to the latest validation; Sri Lanka in total has rec