Tourist arrival patterns to Sri Lanka show a shift from traditional Western European markets to regional markets after the tsunami. Tourist arrival patterns to Sri Lanka show a shift from traditional Western European markets to regional markets after the tsunami. “Arrivals from western Europe are still down. We are trying to revive them. But arrivals from East Asia and South Asia have tripled,” said K Gnanaratnam from the Sri Lanka Tourist Board, on May tourist arrival data.
Tourist arrivals in May showed an overall increase of 35.5 percent compared to May last year, with a total of 40,878 arrivals.
However, arrivals from traditional western European countries showed a reduction of 15.5 percent, compared to May last year.
Visitors from East Asian and South Asian countries on the other hand, increased dramatically lead by India.
Total arrivals from East Asian countries more than tripled compared to May last year with 6,006 visitors.
Arrivals from South Asian countries came to 13,658, three times the arrivals in May last year.
The Tourist Board says overall occupancy levels also show only a small drop co