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Tourist arrival momentum dips slightly in April

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A tourist exploring Colombo in a rented three wheel, popularly referred to as tuk-tuk - Pic by Pradeep Pathirana

Tourist arrivals to the island nation continue to pickup from levels witnessed since the pandemic and the economic crisis. However, a slight drop in momentum is seen for the month of April.

Provisional data showed that Sri Lanka welcomed a total of 107,124 international travellers in the first three weeks of April. When compared with the first three months of the year, a slowdown is seen.
While in April the 100,000 tourist arrival mark was crossed in three weeks, from January to March the milestone was reached within two to two and a half weeks.

The daily arrival average dropped to the levels of 5,100, while the weekly arrival average dipped to 35,000.

However, this slowdown is not unusual as when looking at the monthly tourist arrival trends, even before the pandemic, a slowdown was seen in April, after a hike in the first quarter. The momentum will further drop in the coming two months before picking up in July.

For the month of April so far, India ranks as the largest tourist traffic generator, as it accounted for 17 percent of the total arrivals. Russian Federation ranks second bringing in 11 percent of the total tourist arrivals, and the United Kingdom third, accounting for 10 percent of the arrivals.

China, a market which the tourism authorities are keen to see an improvement in, has slipped to the seventh position.  

  Comments - 7

  • Citizen k Wednesday, 24 April 2024 07:24 AM

    With spring and summer the arrivals will drop.We need to promote different programs to bring in the tourist.

    Michael Richardson Wednesday, 24 April 2024 08:31 AM

    I just came back from China and the economy is not doing so well. This will have a knock on effect on tourism in the region for Chinese tourists.

    China Won’t Be As Robust Anymore Wednesday, 24 April 2024 04:59 PM

    It’s in the news since Covid. We in Asia are well aware of this issue. It will take a good 10 years to recover if they don’t get into a war with Taiwan. So till then, life goes on if they are there or not. Won’t be that robust as before the covid period.

    Sandy Wednesday, 24 April 2024 11:03 AM

    Where is the visa web site , the site is not accessible through google search results

    Jayaseeli Christiansen Wednesday, 24 April 2024 11:40 AM

    Sri Lanka Govt./Tourist Ministry must do more to serve tourists with respect. Vendors from street to shops and all other suppliers should have rules and regulations how to talk, how to serve

    George Soro Wednesday, 24 April 2024 01:38 PM

    Maybe the price increase of a 30 day tourist visa to USD 100 has already an impact? Whatever the people in Parliament do, they do it wrong. Why is that? So highly educated people there, I do not understand it.....

    I'm having fun in Fiji Wednesday, 24 April 2024 08:31 PM

    All the big matches are over and the spas have closed.

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