ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has welcomed close to 30,000 tourists in the first two weeks of 2022 led by Russians and Indians and average stays have more than doubled, a top tourism promotion official said.
Facilities such as ‘wellness tourism’ are helping in extending stays.
“Before the average stay of the tourist in the country was about four to five days but now travellers are staying for about 10-14 days in the country due to wellness programs,” Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority Director General Dhammika Wijayasinghe told a forum in Colombo.
“Therefore the people who visited the country in the last-10 days haven’t left yet.”
“So far we have received 31,600 tourists in 2022,” Wijayasinghe said on Thursday, January 13.
From January 1 to 10, the island has welcomed 29,420 tourists out of which 5,432 are Russians and 5,175 are Indians followed by 2,820 Ukrainian, an SLTDA data showed.
Sri Lanka received 85,506 holidaymakers in December 2021, the highest number to visit in 20 months.
Sri Lanka tourism office hopes to draw 100,000 visitors per month in 2022, a 50 percent of the 2018 figures.
In the peak November to February winter season Sri Lanka used to draw around 200,000 visitors befoe the Coronavirus pandemic. (Colombo/Jan13/2022)