The number of visitors from abroad to Sri Lanka increased 7.0 percent year-on-year to 252,033 in February of 2019, after a 2.2 percent rise in the previous month. Visitors from Europe accounted for 54 percent of total tourists visiting Sri Lanka and Asia and Pacific accounted for 37 percent of the total. Almost 95 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 Canada (+61.8 percent to 6,469); the US (+61.7 percent to 9,678); Australia (+54.8 percent to 8,810); Russian (+17.8 percent to 13,008) while the largest declines were recorded from China (-22.0 percent to 29,750); India, the Sri Lanka's largest source of tourists (-1.9 percent to 32,286). Considering January to February of the year number of visitors increased by 4.6 percent year-on-year to 496,272. Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka averaged 51133.67 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 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.