Tourist arrivals up 16.8% in November- SLTDA | Sunday Observer

Tourist arrivals up 16.8% in November- SLTDA

The number of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka rose 16.8 percent in November compared to the corresponding period last year, data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

The month recorded 195,582 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 167,511 who arrived in November 2017.

As at November 30, 2018; 2,080,627 tourists had visited Sri Lanka this year, a 11.2 percent growth over last year when 1,871,871 tourists had visited the country during the corresponding period.

This month, the largest source market for tourists is India, followed by United Kingdom and China.

Asia and Pacific continued to be the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 47 percent of the total traffic received in November 2018. Europe accounted for 43 percent of the total traffic, America 6 percent, Middle East 3 percent and Africa 1 percent.

India, United Kingdom, China, Germany and Australia were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist generating markets in November this year.

India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 20 percent of the total traffic received in November 2018. The United Kingdom accounted for 11 percent of the total traffic, while China, Germany and Australia accounted for 10 percent, 10 percent and 5 percent.

The number of arrivals from North America rose 22.0 percent to 9,407 in November and the arrivals from US rose 24.9 percent to 5,799 during the month while arrivals from Canada increased 16.8 percent.

The number of arrivals from Europe increased by 37.1 percent with the arrival of 89,716 tourists. Most of the tourists were from UK (21,971), followed by Germany (18,754) and France (6,825).

The number of arrivals from the Middle East dropped by 12.1 percent with the arrival of 3,235 visitors compared to the 3,681 who arrived in November 2017.

The number of arrivals from Asia and Pacific increased by 2.4 percent with 91,406 arriving in the island. Tourist arrivals from India increased by 21.4 percent with 39,137 visitors while arrivals from China declined by 1.8 percent to record 18,888 arrivals.

The number of arrivals from Australia recorded a 51.9 percent increase with 10,299 visitors in November 2018. 

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