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POSTED AT 02:57 PM 21-01-2019

Sri Lanka’s Tourism achieves USD 4.4 bn revenue target for 2018

Sri Lanka has earned over US Dollars 4 billion from tourism this year with a steadily increased revenue of 11.6% compared to 2017, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority stated in a press release.

The data suggests that an average duration of stay per person is 11 days in Sri Lanka, while the daily average expenditure is 174 US Dollars, accounting to approximately 2,000 US Dollars during their entire stay.

The Industry ‘s expectations for 2019 are 3 million tourist arrivals and a revenue of 5 billion US Dollars with Lonely Planet naming Sri Lanka as the No.1 destination to travel in 2019.

India, China and Britain have managed to remain as the leading markets throughout the year 2018 as well.

Meanwhile the number of visitors to Sri Lanka went up 3.55 year-on-year to 253,169 in December 2018, after a 16.8 percent rise during the previous month.

Visitors from Asia and Pacific accounted for 47% of total tourists visiting Sri Lanka and Europe accounted for 43 percent of the total.

Almost 97% of tourists travelled by air to Sri Lanka and major sources of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka, were seen from Germany (37.1% to 16,624); the UK (+23.3% to 26,828) and Sweden (+16.6% to 6,834).