ECONOMYNEXT – Tourist arrivals into Sri Lanka rose 24.1% to 233,382 in March 2018 from a year ago, despite violence against minority Moslems that prompted the government to impose a state of emergency and led to cancellations of hotel bookings.
The largest source market for tourists in March was India, followed by United Kingdom and Germany, with the number of visitors from China dropping, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said.
The island received 707,924 tourists up to 31st March 2018 this year, up 17.1% from last year with almost 94% of them coming by air and rest by sea.
Europe continued to be the largest regional source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 53% of the total traffic received in March 2018, Asia and the Pacific accounting for 38 % of the total traffic, America 7%, Middle East 1% and Africa 1%.
India, United Kingdom, Germany, China and France were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist generating markets in March this year.
India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 13% of the total traffic received in March 2018, and up 13% to 30,583 from last year.
The United Kingdom accounted for 13% of the total traffic, while Germany, China and France accounted for 11%, 9% and 6%.
Arrivals from China, which had been one of the fastest growing markets, fell by almost 5% in March 2018 to 21,101.
(COLOMBO, April 09, 2018)