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Tourists arrivals plummet 57% in June YoY to 63,000

Sri Lanka welcomed a total of only 63,072 international tourists during June 2019, a drop of 57.0% compared to June 2018 when the arrivals were 146,828.

Last month the largest source market for tourists was India, followed by the Australia, United Kingdom and China. Almost 97 % of tourists travelled by air to Sri Lanka, the Ministry of Tourism Development, Wildlife and Christian Religious Affairs announced today.

As at 30th June 2019, 1,008,449 of tourists had visited Sri Lanka for this year. It is a decline of 13.4% over last year when 1,164,647 tourists had visited the country during the same period.

Asia & Pacific became the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 54 % of the total traffic received in June 2019.

Europe accounted for 32% of the total traffic, America 9%, Middle East 4% and Africa 1%.

India, Australia, United Kingdom, China and Maldives were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist generating markets in the month of June this year. India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 24% of the total traffic received in June 2019. Australia and United Kingdom accounted for 7% of the total traffic; while China and Maldives accounted for 6% and 5% respectively.