Colombo, Oct 05 (BAN/ AD): As country’s tourism sector is struggling post Easter Sunday attacks there has been an 28% dip in tourist arrival in September compared to last year. The decline is straight 6th month for now. As per official data international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in September was 108,575. In comparison to the 149,087 arrived in September 2018.
The data also reveal there has been steady increase in tourists following the suicide bomb attacks on churches and hotels in the country on Easter Sunday this year. Year-on-Year tourist arrivals declined 28% in August, 46% in July, 57% in June and 70.8% in May this year. The major tourists came from India, followed by China and the United Kingdom.
Asia and Pacific became the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 58% of the total traffic received in September 2019. Europe accounted for 34% of the total traffic, America 5%, Middle East 2% and Africa 1%.