Sri Lanka tourist arrivals drop in Aug 2019: Europe picks up

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Sep 05, 2019 (LBO) – The total number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka during August 2019 was 143,587, a decline of 28.3 percent when compared with the same period last year.

This month, the largest source market for tourists was India, followed by the United Kingdom and China.

Almost 99 percent of tourists travelled by air to Sri Lanka.

As at 31st August 2019, 1,267,737 of tourists had visited Sri Lanka for this year, a drop of 19.9 percent over last year when 1,582,835 of tourists visited the country during the same period.

India, United Kingdom, China, Germany and France were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist generating markets in August.

India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 26 percent of the total traffic received in August 2019.

UK accounted for 10 percent of the total traffic; while China, Germany and France accounted for 7 percent and 5 percent respectively.

Europe became the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 38 percent of the total traffic received in August 2019.