Nearly 1.8 million tourists visit Sri Lanka in 2015
Statistics released by Sri Lanka Tourism
Development Authority (SLTDA) for the last year shows that nearly
1.8 million tourists visited the island in 2015.
According to SLTDA figures, Sri Lanka's tourist
arrivals rose 15.4 percent in December last year compared to the
same period in 2014 with the arrival of 206,114 tourists compared to
the 178,672 arrived in December 2014.
In 2015 a total of 1,798,380 tourists arrived in
the island recording a 17.8 percent increase from the 1,527,153 came
Most of the tourist arrivals were from Western
Europe with 552,442 tourists visiting in 2015 recording a 15.3
percent increase over corresponding 2014 figures. For the month of
December 62,528 tourists arrived in the island, 11.9% more than in
Arrivals from North America rose by 16.9 percent
with 84,943 visitors last year while during the month of December
arrivals rose 19.2 percent with 11,783 tourists arriving in the
Tourist arrivals from Eastern Europe declined in
2015 by 3.7 percent with the arrival of 148,458 visitors as arrivals
from Russia declined by 11.3 percent due to the devaluation of the
ruble and arrivals from Ukraine dropped by 20.2 percent.
Tourist arrivals from Middle East increased in the
year by 13.6 percent with the arrival of 101,066 visitors.
Last year 362,857 East Asians arrived in the
island, recording an increase of 29.4 percent. Number of Chinese
tourists arriving in the island rose by 67.6 percent to reach
214,783. In December alone tourists arrivals from China increased by
52.3 percent with 15,843 Chinese tourists visiting the island.
Arrivals from South Asia, the other region from
where most of the tourists come, increased by 24.1 percent to record
459,415 arrivals. Indian tourists contributed the most with 316,247
Indians visiting the country recording a 30.3 percent increase in
In the past year, 71,672 Australians arrived in
the country, a 9.8 percent increase from the previous year.
According to Central Bank data earnings from
tourism during the first ten months are estimated to have increased
by 17.9 percent to US$ 2.305 billion in comparison to US$ 1.956
billion recorded during the corresponding period of 2014.
Courtesy : Department of Government
Development Past News