Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka up 2.8-pct in September with largest source from India

Oct 05, 2018 (LBO) – Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka were up 2.8 percent to 149,087 in September 2018 from a year earlier, official data showed.

Last month, the largest source market for tourists was India, followed by China and the United Kingdom and almost 98 percent of tourists traveled by air to Sri Lanka.

As at 30th September 2018, 1,731,922 tourists had visited Sri Lanka for this year; it is an 11.6 percent growth over last year when 1,551,931 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 September 2018.

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

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 22 percent of the total traffic received in September 2018.

China accounted for 13 percent of the total traffic, while the United Kingdom, Australia, and Germany accounted for 9 percent, 6 percent, and 6 percent respectively.

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