Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka up 17-pct in November despite political crisis

Dec 07, 2018 (LBO) – Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka were up 16.8 percent to 195,582 in November from a year earlier despite the current political uncertainty in the country, official data showed.

The largest source market for tourists is reported from India, followed by the United Kingdom and China and almost 94 percent of tourists travelled by air to Sri Lanka.

Western nations have issued travel advisories warning their citizens to exercise vigilance and avoid places with political demonstrations and gatherings during their stay in Sri Lanka.

As at 30th November 2018, 2,080,627 tourists had visited Sri Lanka for this year. It is a 11.2 percent growth over last year when 1,871,871 tourists had visited the country during the same period.

Asia and Pacific continued to be the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 47 percent of the total traffic received in November 2018.

Europe accounted for 43 percent of the total traffic, America 6 percent, Middle East 3 percent and Africa 1 percent.

India, United Kingdom, China, Germany, and Australia were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist generating markets in the month of November this year.

India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 20 percent of the total traffic received in November 2018.

The United Kingdom accounted for 11 percent of the total traffic, while China, Germany, and Australia accounted for 10 percent, 10 percent, and 5 percent respectively.