Nov 07, Colombo: The number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka declined for the seventh straight month in October 2019 by 22.5 percent in comparison to 2018 October while gradually recovering from the plunge following the Easter Sunday attacks in April this year.
According to the latest data from the Tourism Ministry, total number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in October 2019 118,743. In comparison to October last year, there was a decline of 22.5% when the arrivals were 153,123.
However, tourist arrivals has been gradually rising following the suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels in the country on Easter Sunday this year. Year-on-Year tourist arrivals declined 27.7% in September, 28% in August, 46% in July, 57% in June and 70.8% in May this year.
This month, the largest source market for tourists was India, followed by China and the United Kingdom.
As at 31st October 2019, 1,495,055 of tourists had visited Sri Lanka for this year. It is a decline of 20.7% over last year when 1,885,045 of tourists has visited the country during the same period.
Asia and Pacific became the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 56% of the total traffic received in October 2019. Europe accounted for 37% of the total traffic, America 5%, Middle East 2% and Africa 0.5%.
India, China, United Kingdom, Germany and Russia 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 28% of the total traffic received in October 2019. China accounted for 10% of the total traffic; while United Kingdom, Germany and Russia accounted for 7%, 7% and 5% respectively.