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* Sri Lanka tourist arrivals increase only by 0.5 percent in October 2018
Fri, Nov 9, 2018, 12:35 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Nov 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose only 0.5 percent in October this year compared to the same period last year, the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

The month recorded 153,123 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 152,429 arrived in October 2017.

As at 31st October 2018, 1,885,045 tourists had visited Sri Lanka for this year. It is a 10.6% growth over last year when 1,704,360 tourists had visited the country during the same period.

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

Asia and Pacific continued to be the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 47% of the total traffic received in October 2018.

Europe accounted for 43% of the total traffic, America 6%, Middle East 3% and Africa 1%.

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

India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 25% of the total traffic received in October 2018. China and United Kingdom accounted for 12% of the total traffic, while Germany and Australia accounted for 7% and 5% respectively.

Arrivals from North America rose 3.0 percent to 6,199 in October and the arrivals from US rose 5.2 percent to 3,531 during the month while arrivals from Canada decreased marginally.

Tourist arrivals from Europe increased by 10.5 percent with the arrival of 59,583 tourists. Most of the tourists came from UK (17,673), followed by Germany (9,920) and France (4,784).

Tourist arrivals from Middle East declined by 15.2 percent with the arrival of 2,652 visitors compared to the 3,128 arrived in October 2017.

Tourist arrivals from Asia & Pacific declined by 5.3 percent with 83,399 arriving in the island. Tourist arrivals from India increased by 3.2 percent with 38,169 visitors while arrivals from China declined by 13.6 percent to record 18,882 arrivals.

Arrivals from Australia recorded 33.0 percent increase in arrivals with 6,912 visitors


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