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  • September arrivals totalled 29,802
  • India, UK and Australia emerge as top three traffic generators
  • January-September tourist arrivals reach 526,232

Sri Lanka witnessed its lowest monthly tourist arrivals in September, with the number of international visitors entering recorded at 29,802.


The arrivals for the month are even lower than that of May, which saw 30,207 tourists entering the country. 
In May, the political and economic crisis in the country escalated, severely crippling the tourism sector that was well on its way towards revival from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The low rate of tourist arrivals in September brings the total number of visitors that entered the country from January 01 to September 30 to 526,232. The weekly tourist arrival averaged 7,450, whereas the daily arrivals averaged 993 for the month of September. 

India, the UK and Australia emerged as the top three source markets in September, accounting for 6,493, 2,872 and 2,309 arrivals, respectively. 

For the January-September period, India, the UK and Russian Federation were the top three tourist traffic generators for the country, bringing in 86,625, 68,527 and 51,300 international visitors, respectively.  

Although the recent months have seen lower tourist arrivals to the country, the industry stakeholders have expressed confidence in the numbers picking up towards the latter part of the year, leading to the winter season.  

Although the travel advisories issued against the island nation, due to the political and economic crisis, too have been reversed, Sri Lanka is still to fall under the ‘green’ category of the travel traffic light system, which indicates travellers to exercise ‘normal’ precautions. Sri Lanka aims to attract a total of one million tourists and generate an income of US $ 1.7 billion for this year.


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  • Night Life Tuesday, 04 October 2022 07:11 AM

    Wait, wait, Diana and Harin have just started their campaigns to attract foreign tourists and this will show results soon.

    Dee Tuesday, 04 October 2022 07:20 AM

    Good news for the economic Armageddon's!

    Dan Tuesday, 04 October 2022 09:20 AM

    According to the Minister Harin Fdo, we will have a significant increase in tourist arrivals by end of this year.

    Terrence Tuesday, 04 October 2022 09:37 AM

    Haphazard policy decisions taken by the govt. relating to security, inflation and several other factors will definitely have an impact on the tourists put on alert and making alternative choices of travel destinations

    rbh Tuesday, 04 October 2022 09:59 AM

    Due to Impose of Security Zone and the world is looking Sri lanka as trouble country or as a war Zone a The understanding of Ranil to approve such has cornered Sri lanka

    Sandy Tuesday, 04 October 2022 11:47 AM

    Country got bad publicity, this is how organisations like JVP can help the country. Photos of burning police vehicles in colombo on world newspapers brought back memories of terror attack . Tourists couldn't believe that a beach paradise is lost to chaos.

    Ram Tuesday, 04 October 2022 12:25 PM

    Can we improve tourism when our country is unsettled and Bosses unwilling to follow IMF dire ctions

    Vijaypala Karu Tuesday, 04 October 2022 04:17 PM

    Only the most unethically minded fun lover/tourist would want to come here now. After all the news of the awful treatment of protestors those who come here knowingly are supporting for trampling of future free expression and protests, and should be despised for coming here to support the dictatorial government.


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