Tourism earnings of Sri Lanka increased 11.6-pct to US$4.4bn

 Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Last year, Sri Lanka earned 4.4 billion US dollars from tourism. It was an up 11.6 percent from 3.9 billion US dollars a year before, the modified data from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority showed.


Tourism arrivals in Sri Lanka increased 10.3 percent to 2.3 million tourists this year.


The growth comes regardless of racial violence in Digana, close to the tourist hotspot of Kandy in March.


Even though no tourists were involved in it, the announcement of a national emergency and a blackout on social media hit tourism, analysts claim.


A political emergency in the last quarter of 2018, which became peaceful, had at the same time contributed to missing a 2.5 million target in terms of arrivals, Tourism Development Minister John Amaratunga has said.


The improved data is up from an interim 3.5 billion US dollars estimated in January.


SLTDA stated that the average stay of a person increased to 11 days in last year from 10.9 days a year before, as the average daily expenditure was 174 US dollars, up from 170 US dollars.


A tourist on average spent almost 2000 US dollars during a trip to Sri Lanka last year.


The tourism promotion office has set a target of around 3 million tourist arrivals and 5 billion US dollars in revenue for this year, with numerous promotion campaigns and travel publisher Lonely Planet naming Sri Lanka as the best country in the world to travel this year.


In 2018, India, China, Britain and Germany were the most important tourism generating markets for Sri Lanka, comprising nearly half of all arrivals.



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