Colombo, Jan 07 (BAN/ AD): Sri Lankan tourism saw a dip 0f 18 % in 2019. The number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka has declined sharply for the ninth straight month in December 2019. This decline is attributed to the deadly Easter Sunday attacks in April this year.
Tourism ministry data reveals total number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in December 2019 declined by 4.5% with the arrival of 241,663 in the country. In comparison, 253,169 arrivals were recorded in December 2018.
In 2019 1,913,702 tourists had visited Sri Lanka compared to 2,333,796 tourists in 2018 which is a dip of 18 %.
Biggest chunk of tourists came from Asia & Pacific whereas Americas accounted for 9% of the total traffic, Middle East 2% and Africa 1%.
Top 5 countries from where tourists arrived are India, United Kingdom, Russian Federation, China and Australia.
India alone accounted for 19% of tourists as of December 2019. UK accounted for 8% of the total traffic; while Russian Federation, China and Australia accounted for 7%, 7% and 6% respectively.