The number of visitors from abroad to Sri Lanka increased 2.2 percent year-on-year to 244,239 in January of 2019, after a 3.5 percent rise in the previous month. Visitors from Europe accounted for 50 percent of total tourists visiting Sri Lanka and Asia and Pacific accounted for 41 percent of the total. Almost 96 percent of tourists travelled by air to Sri Lanka. Among major sources of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka, biggest increases in arrivals were seen from Russian (+16.5 percent to 13,474); the UK (+13.5 percent to 26,036); Australia (+9.7 percent to 10,368); and China (+8.8 percent to 26,414) while the largest declines were recorded from Germany (-8.3 percent to 14,027); France (-2.7 percent to 11,892). Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka averaged 50351.91 from 1977 until 2018, 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 175000.00 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 237000.00 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.