The number of tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka declined 4.5 percent year-on-year to 241,663 in December 2019, after a 9.5 percent drop in the previous month. It was the ninth consecutive monthly fall in tourist arrivals, but the smallest decrease in the current sequence of month, following attacks in the Indian Ocean Island on Easter Sunday. Visitors from Europe and Asia Pacific became the largest sources of tourist to Sri Lanka both recording 88 percent of total tourist arrivals. Among major sources of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka, the number of visitors fell the most from the UK (-21.8 percent to 20,984), China (-8.9 percent to 16,648), Australia (-3.3 percent to 14,467) and Germany (-25.7 percent to 12,349). Considering the full year of 2019, the number of tourist arrivals decreased 18 percent to 1.914 million. Since the Easter Sunday attacks, the number of foreign visitors has fallen to the lowest level since the end of the country's civil war a decade ago. Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka averaged 52151.42 from 1977 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 253169 in December of 2018 and a record low of 5536 in June of 1977. source: Ceylon Tourist Board
Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka is expected to be 225000.00 by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. Looking forward, we estimate Tourist Arrivals in Sri Lanka to stand at 220000.00 in 12 months time. In the long-term, the Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals is projected to trend around 240000.00 in 2020, according to our econometric models.