SL welcomes nearly 63K tourists in April

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Despite the current economic crisis in Sri Lanka, which has led to planned power interruptions and shortage of fuel and domestic gas, tourist arrivals during April reached 62,980.

With the 62,980 visitors April, the total number of visitors this year surpassed 348,314.

During the first three months of this year, Sri Lanka had attracted more than 285,334 travellers into the country with March bringing in 106,500 visitors, February bringing in 96,507 visitors and January 82,327 visitors.

March 2022 recorded the highest number of tourist arrivals into the country since February 2020.

The growth momentum seems to have reduced due to the prevailing economic and social issues in the country. During April 2022, the highest number of visitors came from the United Kingdom followed by India, Germany, France, Russia, Australia, Canada, United States, Switzerland and Netherlands.

Russia was the biggest contributor to Sri Lanka tourism since it opened its borders in January 2021, however the ongoing tension in Russia and Ukraine are leading to a drop in numbers.

The growth in arrivals from the United Kingdom comes despite a travel advisory being issued by the UK Government warning of the prevailing situation in Sri Lanka.

Following the rapid spread of the Covid-19 pandemic globally and in the country, Sri Lanka opted to close borders to international travellers in March 2020. It was lifted during the latter part of January 2021.

According to the SLTDA, following the opening, more than 1,682 visitors arrived in the country in January, 3,366 in February and 4,581 in March last year showing some promise, but arrivals started to shrink thereafter with 4,168 in April and 1,497 in May. In June, the country welcomed 1,614 travellers, once again showing promise of improvement. In July, Sri Lanka greeted 2,429 travellers followed by 5,040 in August, 13,547 in September, 22,771 in October, 44,294 in November and 89,506 in December last year. 

By Mario Andree