In total, the country has received over 1.73 million overseas travellers in 2018, with a total of nearly 150,000 arriving in September, the third lowest month after May and June. So far for 2018, Sri Lanka received its highest number of visitors in January, February and March.
Visitors came from all over the world in September, but India, China and the UK were the most common source markets for tourist arrivals. Over 31,000 Indians travelled to Sri Lanka, double that of the UK and a third larger than the number for visitors from China. Although the Asia Pacific region took the lion’s share of visitors (47 per cent), European visitors were not far behind, with 43 per cent of the overall number of visitors coming from the region. By contrast, the Americas, the third highest arrivals, contributed only six per cent, while the Middle East and Africa contributed three per cent and one per cent respectively.