Despite the present economic crisis in Sri Lanka, which has led to planned power interruptions and shortage of fuel and domestic gas, tourist arrivals during May reached 30,207.
With 62,980 visitors in April, the total number of visitors this year surpassed 348,314.
During the first four months of this year, Sri Lanka had attracted more than 285,334 travellers into the country, with April bringing in 62,980, March bringing in 106,500 visitors, February bringing in 96,507 visitors, and January 82,327 visitors.
Tourist arrivals in May have plunged by almost 52 per cent, in comparison to April and 72 per cent in comparison to March 2022, which recorded the highest number of tourist arrivals up to May 2022.
Europe became the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka, with 48.8 per cent of the total traffic received in May 2022.
Pent-up demand, especially from countries such as the United Kingdom, Germany, and Russia is likely to have driven this growth momentum.
Asia and the Pacific accounted for 33.3 per cent of total arrivals.
The Americas accounted for 11.7 per cent of the total traffic, while the Middle East accounted for 5.1 per cent.
Country wise, India, the United Kingdom, Russian Federation, Germany, and Canada were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourism-generating markets for the month of May this year.
India was the largest source of tourist visits to Sri Lanka, with 18 per cent of the total traffic received in May.
The United Kingdom and Russian Federation accounted for 12 per cent and 11 per cent of the total traffic, while Germany and Canada accounted for 7 per cent.
According to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, the advisories against travel to Sri Lanka by major source markets such as the United Kingdom, Germany, and France due to political and economic unrest in Sri Lanka, could be the likely reasons for this decline.
The gradual improvement in international travel was once again threatened by external factors such as the Russian invasion of Ukraine, coupled with the related challenging economic environment, and internal factors such as the economic crisis in Sri Lanka undermining consumer confidence, which was gradually building up.
By Mario Andree