The number of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka dropped 6.5 percent year-on-year to 228,434 in January 2020, after a 4.5 percent drop in the previous month. It was the tenth consecutive monthly fall in tourist arrivals, following attacks in the Indian Ocean Island on Easter Sunday. Visitors from Europe became the largest source of tourist to Sri Lanka with 50 percent of total arrivals, while that of Asia Pacific accounted 40 percent of total arrivals. Among major sources of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka, the number of visitors fell the most from the China (-15.3 percent to 22,363), the UK (-18.8 percent to 21,138), Germany (-18.1 percent to 11,494) and Australia (-21.7 percent to 8,115). Since the Easter Sunday attacks, the number of foreign visitors has fallen to the lowest level since the end of the country's civil war a decade ago.

Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka averaged 52151.42 from 1977 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 253169 in December of 2018 and a record low of 5536 in June of 1977. This page provides - Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals - actual values, historical data, forecast, chart, statistics, economic calendar and news. source: Ceylon Tourist Board

Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka is expected to be 205000.00 by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka to stand at 220000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals is projected to trend around 240000.00 in 2021 and 250000.00 in 2022, according to our econometric models.


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Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals

Actual Previous Highest Lowest Dates Unit Frequency
228434.00 241663.00 253169.00 5536.00 1977 - 2020 Monthly


Calendar GMT Actual Previous Consensus TEForecast
2019-11-08 02:00 AM Oct -22.5% -27.2% -22%
2019-12-05 12:40 AM Nov -9.5% -22.5% -19%
2020-01-08 02:40 AM Dec -4.5% -9.5% -14%
2020-02-11 04:30 AM Jan -6.5% -4.5% -5.5%


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Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Fall 6.5% in January
The number of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka dropped 6.5 percent year-on-year to 228,434 in January 2020, after a 4.5 percent drop in the previous month. It was the tenth consecutive monthly fall in tourist arrivals, following attacks in the Indian Ocean Island on Easter Sunday. Visitors from Europe became the largest source of tourist to Sri Lanka with 50 percent of total arrivals, while that of Asia Pacific accounted 40 percent of total arrivals. Among major sources of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka, the number of visitors fell the most from the China (-15.3 percent to 22,363), the UK (-18.8 percent to 21,138), Germany (-18.1 percent to 11,494) and Australia (-21.7 percent to 8,115). Since the Easter Sunday attacks, the number of foreign visitors has fallen to the lowest level since the end of the country's civil war a decade ago.
2020-02-11
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Fall for 9th Month
The number of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka declined 4.5 percent year-on-year to 241,663 in December 2019, after a 9.5 percent drop in the previous month. It was the ninth consecutive monthly fall in tourist arrivals, but the smallest decrease in the current sequence of month, following attacks in the Indian Ocean Island on Easter Sunday. Visitors from Europe and Asia Pacific became the largest sources of tourist to Sri Lanka both recording 88 percent of total tourist arrivals. Among major sources of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka, the number of visitors fell the most from the UK (-21.8 percent to 20,984), China (-8.9 percent to 16,648), Australia (-3.3 percent to 14,467) and Germany (-25.7 percent to 12,349). Considering the full year of 2019, the number of tourist arrivals decreased 18 percent to 1.914 million. Since the Easter Sunday attacks, the number of foreign visitors has fallen to the lowest level since the end of the country's civil war a decade ago.
2020-01-08
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Fall the Least in 7 Months
The number of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka dropped 9.5 percent year-on-year to 176,984 in November 2019, after a 22.5 percent plunge in the previous month. It was the eighth consecutive monthly fall in tourist arrivals, but the smallest decline since April, following attacks in the Indian Ocean Island on Easter Sunday. Considering the first eleven months of the year, the number of tourist arrivals decreased 19.6 percent to 1.672 million. Since the Easter Sunday attacks, the number of foreign visitors has fallen to the lowest level since the end of the country's civil war a decade ago.
2019-12-05
Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Fall the Least in 6 Months
The number of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka declined 22.5 percent year-on-year to 118,743 in October 2019, after a 27.2 percent plunge in the previous month. It was the seventh consecutive monthly fall in tourist arrivals, but the smallest drop in six months, following attacks in the Indian Ocean Island on Easter Sunday. Visitors from Europe accounted for 37 percent of all tourist arrivals and those from the Asia-Pacific region accounted for 56 percent. Among major sources of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka, the number of visitors fell the most from India (-13.0 percent to 33,217), China (-38.1 percent to 11,683), the UK (-50.4 percent to 8,763) and Germany (-21.2 percent to 7,820). Considering the first ten months of the year, the number of tourist arrivals dropped 20.7 percent to 1,495 million. Since the Easter Sunday attacks, the number of foreign visitors has fallen to the lowest level since the end of the country's civil war a decade ago.
2019-11-08