Home / Front Page/ Tourist arrivals struggle in October

Tourist arrivals struggle in October


Comments / {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}} Views / Friday, 9 November 2018 00:00

Facebook

 

  • 0.5% gain in October; Cumulative arrivals up 10.6% to over 1.8 m
  • India, China, UK continue as top sourcing markets 
  • Asia and Pacific largest source of tourist traffic to SL with 47% of total received

By Charumini de Silva

Trouble for the tourism industry has been reinforced with arrivals in October barely managing a 0.5% growth though year-to-date figures reflect a 10.6% improvement. 

Tourist arrivals in October was 153,123, up 0.5% from a year earlier and enhanced the first 10 months figure to 1.8 million, up by 10.6%.

According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA), in October, the largest source market for tourists was India, followed by China and the 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, while Europe accounted for 43% of the total traffic, America 6%, Middle East 3% and Africa 1%.

India, China, the 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 representing 25% of the total traffic received in October. China and United Kingdom accounted for 12% of the total traffic, while Germany and Australia accounted for 7% and 5%, respectively.

Sri Lanka’s new destination brand, ‘So Sri Lanka’, debuted on 5 November at the opening day of the World Travel Mart (WTM) 2018 in London. 

Attending the event, newly appointed Tourism Development Minister Wasantha Senanayake said that ‘So Sri Lanka’ brand is not only exhilarating, it’s the beginning of a new era. “We envisage that tourism will flourish to be the most significant sector contributing to our economy – that’s the goal we aspire to reach in the next few years,” he added.

According to the Central Bank’s latest External Sector Performance report, cumulative earnings amounted to $ 2,935 million during the first eight months of 2018.

Tourist arrivals rose 3.2% to 2.1 million last year. Tourism revenues rose by a similar percentage to an all-time peak of $ 3.63 billion.


Share This Article

Facebook Twitter


DISCLAIMER:

1. All comments will be moderated by the Daily FT Web Editor.

2. Comments that are abusive, obscene, incendiary, defamatory or irrelevant will not be published.

3. We may remove hyperlinks within comments.

4. Kindly use a genuine email ID and provide your name.

5. Spamming the comments section under different user names may result in being blacklisted.

COMMENTS

Today's Columnists

Come, let us build!

Friday, 26 April 2019

It was the best of times; it was the worst of times. Best because Sri Lanka was united in what it did well: being at peace, on an extended sabbatical, pursuing the absence of conflict – even mindlessly – and enjoying the fruit of island life. Wor


Black Easter

Friday, 26 April 2019

To Sri Lankan Christians, Easter this year was a day of God where demons reigned. It can be considered an unfortunate day in which the country was plunged again into the uncivilised wretchedness that prevailed in the country during the violent confli


Explaining Sri Lanka’s new Emergency Regulations on ‘publication’

Friday, 26 April 2019

Sri Lanka’s President issued a new set of Emergency Regulations on 22 April. This note explains the contents of Emergency Regulation 15, which concerns the ‘control of publications’, and certain other regulations relevant to publication. There


A secular public space is essential for the safety and wellbeing of all

Friday, 26 April 2019

The heart is heavy and the pen is slow. The environment is thick with the shared sorrow of many. Pain and suffering caused by deaths of hundreds and maiming of more on Easter of 2019 will linger for the rest of our lives. But life must go on and we m


Columnists More