India tops Sri Lankan tourist market

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India has emerged as Sri Lanka’s top inbound tourist market in May, even as there is a slump in the cumulative arrivals of holiday makers due to the ongoing economic and political situation in the country, the tourism authority said.

As many as 5,562 tourists from India visited Sri Lanka in May followed by 3,723 from the UK, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said in a statement. However, the cumulative arrivals of visitors in May have been halved in comparison to April.

“The total number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka during May 2022 was 30,207. Tourist arrivals for the month of May have plunged by almost 52%, in comparison to April and 72% in comparison to March 2022, which recorded the highest number of tourist arrivals up to May 2022,” the statement said.

In April, the UK topped the list of holiday makers in Sri Lanka with 11,500 visitors from the country, followed by India with 8,678. The slump of tourist arrival in May could be due to the effects of the current economic and political situation in the country, the statement said. The tourism industry is a major forex earner in the island nation.

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