July 11, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) has recorded a 19.9 percent increase in tourist arrivals to the country in June this year in comparison to the corresponding period last year.
Since the end of the war in May 2009, the number of tourist arrivals has steadily increased.
SLTDA statistics have recorded 53,636 tourist arrivals in June this year while the number of arrivals last June stood at 44,730.
According to the Authority’s monthly statistics chart, during first five months of the year, the tourist arrivals from Western Europe dominated with 129,367 arrivals, an increase of 37.1 percent compared to the same period last year.
Tourist arrivals from South Asia followed with 93,139 arrivals, an increase of 50.9 percent from same period in 2010. Nearly 74 percent from South Asian travellers were from India.
The government predicts arrivals to grow by 20 percent and hit a new record of over 780,000 this year. Sri Lanka expects to raise the number of arrivals to 2.5 million by 2016.