Apr 06, Colombo: The Tourism Development Authority stated yesterday that 9,629 tourists have arrived in the country since the reopening of airports on January 21.
The total number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka during March 2021 was 4,581. In comparison to March last year (2020), there was a decline of 93.6% when the arrivals were 71,370.
As at 31st March 2021, 9,629 of tourists has visited Sri Lanka for this year. It is a decline of 98.1% over last year when 507,311 tourists had visited the country during the same period.
The figures reflect the unprecedented health, social and economic crisis caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tourism Development Authority said.
The largest source markets recorded for the month of March was Kazakhstan, followed by Germany, and the United Kingdom.
Europe became the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 76.1% of the total traffic received in March 2021. Asia and Pacific accounted for 13.9% of the total traffic while Americas accounted for 6.9%.
In comparison to March last year all regions have recorded a decline in arrivals. However, arrivals from Kazakhstan and Iran have recorded a growth in comparison to March 2020.