The number of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka declined 28.3 percent year-on-year to 143,587 in August of 2019, following a 46.9 percent tumble in the previous month. This was the fifth straight month decline in tourist arrivals, as decreases were reported among visitors from China (-64.2 percent to 9,503), followed by the UK (-40.2 percent to 14,132), France (-35.7 percent to 7,087), Germany (-29.1 percent to 7,667), and Australia (-27.4 percent to 5,985). Conversely, visitors from India, the Sri Lanka’s largest source market for tourists jumped (17.0 percent to 37,568). Visitors from Europe accounted for 38 percent of all tourist arrivals and those from the Asia-Pacific region accounted for 51 percent. In the first eight months of the year, the number of tourist arrivals fell 19.9 percent to 1,127 million. Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka averaged 52041.22 from 1977 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 253169 in December of 2018 and a record low of 5536 in June of 1977.
Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka is expected to be 90000.00 by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka to stand at 83000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals is projected to trend around 184000.00 in 2020, according to our econometric models.