Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka up 5-pct in August with largest source from India

Sept 06, 2018 (LBO) – Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka were up five percent to 200,359 in August 2018 from a year earlier, official data showed.

This month, the largest source market for tourists is from India, followed by China and United Kingdom. Tourism Development Authority said almost 99 percent of tourists traveled by air to Sri Lanka.

India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 16 percent of the total traffic received in August 2018.

China accounted for 13 percent of the total traffic, while United Kingdom, France and Germany accounted for 12, 6 and 5 percent respectively.

As at 31st August 2018, 1,582,835 tourists had visited Sri Lanka for this year. It is a 12.5 percent growth over last year when 1,406,854 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 August 2018. Europe accounted for 41 percent of the total traffic, Middle East 6, America 5 and Africa 0.5.

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