ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals were down 27 percent from a year earlier to 108,575 in September 2019, recovering from a fall of 70 percent in May after Easter Sunday blasts in April spooked visitors and triggered travel bans.
The tourism recovery is being led by Indian visitors who have responded strongly, compared to more risk averse source markets.
Arrivals from India were down 10 percent to 28,917, but Chinese arrivals were down 52 percent to 19,600.
UK arrivals were down 41 percent to 8,322, Australia visitors were down 21 percent to 6,895 and Germany was down 33 percent to 6,396.
French arrivals were also down 32 percent to 4,316.
However September is usually one of the weakest months for Sri Lankan tourism, with the Western coast hit by monsoon rains, though there is a spike in August partly due to the Kandy perhahera and Middle Eastern arrivals.
The downturn from Easter Sunday blasts, gradually reduced to 57 percent in June, 47 percent in July and a sharply to 28 percent partly driven by a Bohra religious leader and followers who arrived in the island and to 27 percent in September. (Colombo/Oct06/2019)