The number of visitors from abroad to Sri Lanka jumped 16.8 percent year-on-year to 195,582 in November 2018, following a 0.5 percent rise in the previous month. It was the highest growth rate since June, as tourist arrivals from India, the Sri Lanka’s largest source market of tourist surged 21.4 percent to 32,243 persons. Also, other increases were seen from the UK (61.1 pct to 13,634), Germany (89.6 pct to 9,891), Australia (51.9 pct to 6,779), Russia (2.9 pct to 7,864), France (22.4 pct to 5,575), the US (24.9 pct to 4,643), and Switzerland (85.7 pct to 1,901). Meanwhile, tourist arrivals from China fell 1.8 percent to 19,237 persons and that from Maldives dropped 9.1 percent to 8.165. Visitors from Europe accounted for 43 percent of all tourists visiting Sri Lanka and Asia Pacific accounted for 47 percent of the total. Considering January to November number of visitors increased by 11.2 percent year-on-year to 2.081 million. Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka averaged 49452.08 from 1977 until 2018, reaching an all time high of 244536 in December of 2017 and a record low of 5536 in June of 1977.
Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka is expected to be 232000.00 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 178500.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals is projected to trend around 244000.00 in 2020, according to our econometric models.