Tourist arrivals up 21.5 percent
The number of tourist arrivals during the first 10 months this year
recorded a 21.5 percent growth compared to the corresponding period last
year, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority data revealed.
The number of visitors rose 1,228,754 from January to October this
year as against 1,011,255 recorded last year. Tourism is on a optimistic
drive to attract around 2.5 million tourists by 2016 and around 1.5
million by the end of this year. The number of tourist arrivals last
year reached 1, 274,593.
The number of visitors increased 13.6 percent to 121,576 in October
compared to 107,058 in the corresponding month last year. The highest
number of visitors were recorded in April with an increase of 39.5
percent to 112,631 compared to 80,737 in the corresponding month last
The number of arrivals recorded a steady growth this year beginning
with a 32.6 percent increase in January followed by 24.5, 17.5 and 39.5
percent in the months that followed.
The number of tourist arrivals was low last month as it was the
off-season. Arrivals are expected to rise with the onset of winter in
Europe. Hotel occupancy according to city hoteliers is around 60 percent
From a regional perspective, the number of arrivals from Western
Europe recorded the highest this year with a 17.9 percent increase to
46,301. The number of arrivals from the region last year was 39,283.
Visitors from Eastern Europe recorded the second highest with 24,837
visitors compared to 15,183 last year, a 63.8 percent increase. East
Asia recorded a 95.6 percent increase with 25,823 visitors compared to
13,200 in 2013. The number of arrivals from South Asia recorded a growth
of 14.6 with 28,392 visitors compared to 24,774 last year.
The number of arrivals from Africa also increased from 575 last year
to 875 this year.
The lowest growth was recorded from the Middle East with a 9.7
percent increase in arrivals.
India, UK, China Russia, Germany, France, the Maldives, Ukraine,
Australia and Indonesia are the top 10 countries for tourist arrivals
Sri Lanka's diverse tourist attractions lures visitors to the country
every year making it one of the top destinations in the region for
Thailand, Malaysia, China and Singapore are some of the leading
tourist destinations in the region.