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February tourist arrivals exceed 138,000 in 18 days

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A group of tourists taking a breather from sightseeing in Colombo - Pic by Pradeep Pathirana

Sri Lanka’s tourism surge shows no sign of slowing down, with more than 138,000 international visitors exploring the island nation just in the first 18 days of February. 

This figure already surpasses last year’s numbers for the entire month, when 107,639 tourists arrived, data from Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed. If this pace continues, Sri Lanka is poised to exceed 200,000 visitors for the third consecutive month.

The daily arrival average has increased to 7,707, while the weekly arrival is around 53,000 for the month of February so far.

In the first two weeks of February, in addition to air travel, visitors entered the country by sea as well. 

For the month of February, Russia emerged as the largest source market for Sri Lanka tourism, accounting for 14 percent of the total tourist arrivals. However, according to industry sources, the income generated from this segment is not at expected levels.

India is the second largest tourist traffic generator for Sri Lanka for the month, bringing in 13 percent of the tourists for the month, whereas the United Kingdom ranks in third place, accounting for 10 percent of the arrivals.

Reports from SLTDA showed that majority of the tourists visit the island nation for leisure purposes. A minimal amount visits the country for business purposes. Sri Lanka is also stepping up efforts to push MICE tourism, as the segment spends almost three times more in comparison to leisure travellers, despite the numbers being smaller. 


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  • Sivalingam Wednesday, 21 February 2024 10:50 AM

    Indian smugglers are not tourists.

    Kabir Hashim Wednesday, 21 February 2024 10:51 AM

    Smugglers are not tourists, Pettah is full of smuggled items.

    Sambo Wednesday, 21 February 2024 01:33 PM

    Indians wanted to visit the new part of their country as stated by the minister of tourism.

    Seetha Aranpala Wednesday, 21 February 2024 03:05 PM

    Can see their quality! Just number for any person!!

    Seelawathie Palannetti Wednesday, 21 February 2024 03:18 PM

    How many Gonas for politicians to play free! Hora Harin now hiding and playing with Gonas not paying any money!

    More Budget flights Needed Wednesday, 21 February 2024 04:05 PM

    Introduce more budget flights to cater to middle class tourists. Most Asian countries benefiting with their introduction a few years ago.

    ANNECUNT Wednesday, 21 February 2024 06:46 PM

    Bring in more RUSSIAN and UKRAIN tourists to the country they do a big service (prostitution) THE INDIANS WILL BE IN A QUEUE AT THE AIRPORT TO COME INTO SRI-LANKA


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