Sri Lanka’s tourist fall slows in August, Indian arrivals surge

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals were down 28 percent from a year earlier to 143,587, but had recovered from a 46 percent fall in August, in the wake of Easter Sunday bombings.

Tourist arrivals in the first eight months were down 19.9 percent.

The recovering was led by surging arrivals from India. Indian visitors rose 17 percent in absolute terms to 37,568 from 32,115 last last August.

Sri Lanka is having a convention of the Borah community, in September, but visitors were arriving earlier.

Arrivals from the UK were down 64.2 percent at 14,132. China the third largest market was also down 64 percent to 9,503.

Germany was down 29 percent to 7667 and France was down 35 percent to 7,087.

Western Europe overall was down 34 percent to 21,853. (Colombo/Sep05/2019)