The latest data from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority shows that, as of the end of April, Sri Lanka enjoyed growth of 16.1 per cent in visitor arrivals in 2018 compared with the equivalent period last year. As of 30 April, 888,353 tourists had visited Sri Lanka this year; between 1 January and 30 April 2017, 765,202 tourists visited the country.
Looking at April this year specifically, over the course of the month, 180,429 international visitors came to Sri Lanka, compared with 160,249 who travelled there in April 2017 – this represents growth of 12.6 per cent. The largest source market for inbound tourism for April this year was India, followed by the UK and China, with Australia and Germany making up the remainder of the top five. As much as 94 per cent of these visitors travelled by air.
Looking more widely at regions, the Asia-Pacific region was the biggest source of incoming tourist traffic, representing 46 per cent of total numbers, with Europe following a close second with 42 per cent. The Americas contributed nine per cent, the Middle East two per cent and Africa one per cent.