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Tourists enjoying Nine Arch Bridge in Ella 
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  • Total of 20,875 international visitors entered country between Jan. 01 and 07
  • Average daily arrivals at 2,982, down 22% from final week of Dec. 2022
  • Russia, India and UK rank as top three tourist traffic generating markets 

By Shabiya Ali Ahlam

Sri Lanka continues to maintain the momentum in tourist arrivals witnessed over the last few weeks, as it welcomed over 20,000 international visitors in the first seven days of the new year. 

The provisional data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority showed that for the January 01-07 period, a total of 20,875 tourists entered the country. 

When compared with the corresponding period of the previous year, the arrivals were up by a marginal 1.6 percent. 

In January 2022, as the Covid-19 infections and casualties across the world started to ease, global tourism saw increase in activities and Sri Lanka too reaped the benefits that stemmed from the resumption of travel and tourism activities. 

For the January 01-07, 2022 period, the island nation welcomed a total of 20,544 international visitors, out of which the highest tourist traffic contribution was from the Russian Federation.

Similarly, the largest contributor to Sri Lanka’s tourism traffic for the first week of January 2023 is the Russian Federation, which accounted for 28 percent of the total arrivals. Ranking second was India, accounting for 11 percent of the total tourists and in the third position was the UK, contributing to 7 percent of the total tourist arrivals.

For the first week of January 2023, the average daily arrival was 2,982, whereas for the same period in 2022, it was 2,934. However, when compared with the arrivals of the previous week, the final week of 2022 (December 25-31), the average daily arrivals dropped by 22 percent.  

In the coming weeks, Sri Lanka can expect China to enter the list of tourism source markets, as the country relaxed its travel protocols for the first time since the Covid-19 pandemic struck. 

While some nations have imposed travel protocols exclusively for travellers arriving from China, Sri Lanka has not yet announced its stance in this regard. Therefore, as of now, there are no restrictions or protocols that tourists arriving from China will have to adhere to. 

The incoming of Chinese tourists will augur well for Sri Lanka’s slowly reviving tourism sector and the forex-hungry economy.


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  • Jude Tuesday, 10 January 2023 07:08 AM

    Hey Indians and Chinese will keep coming!!! Yeah!!

    Jude Tuesday, 10 January 2023 07:11 AM

    Back then Indians and Chinese were tourists!! Now Most Indians and Chinese come to take inventory, follow up on their investments and it's progress!! Yeah!!

    Adwani Tuesday, 10 January 2023 07:40 AM

    Defence secretary must give very specific instructions to OIC of Touirsts Police to provide maximum security, since the security situation is very bad in the Island.

    Seqi Tuesday, 10 January 2023 09:15 AM

    The number that is meaningful is that of return visitors. This probably won't take hold until later in the year as most traditional markets eg.... NZ, Australia, UK and Europe are having new logistical problems.

    Europa Tuesday, 10 January 2023 10:30 AM

    I saw the Russians in Sri Lanka in 2014 celebrating the invasion of Ukraine. Now they are celebrating again in Sri Lanka that they invaded the Ukraine.

    Alam Tuesday, 10 January 2023 01:34 PM

    Thailand 7million only chineese, Sri Lanka trying to get 1million. Something is not right. We are not marketing ourselves properly.

    Ceylonese Tuesday, 10 January 2023 06:07 PM

    It is much cheaper for European tourists to take a holiday in wamer climes and a cheaper destination ike Sri Lanka than to spend their time at home where it is so expensive in winter and by the beginning of summer in Europe there won't be many tourists visiting Sri Lanka.

    Sambo Wednesday, 11 January 2023 06:27 AM

    This is the only responsibility of the minister of tourism. Giving monthly and weelky statistics.


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