Tourist arrivals from Russian Federation up by 61% in February | Daily News


 

Tourist arrivals from Russian Federation up by 61% in February

The total number of international tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka during February 2020 was 207,507. In comparison to February last year, there was a decline of 17.7 % when the arrivals were 252,033, according to Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority -Monthly Tourist Arrivals Report.

This month, the largest source market for tourists was India, followed by the United Kingdom and Russian Federation and almost 92 % of tourists travelled by air to Sri Lanka.

Europe became the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 60.1 % of the total traffic received in February 2020. Asia and Pacific accounted for 31.2% of the total traffic, Americas 6.9%, Middle East 1.2% and Africa 0.6%.

In comparison to February last year the highest decline of 32.3% was recorded for Middle East region while Asia and Pacific recorded a decline of 31.3%. Americas recorded a decline of 16.2 % whereas Europe recorded a decline of 8.2%.

It is noteworthy that all regions have recorded a decline in arrivals. This could be due to the outbreak of the COVID -19 coupled with the effects of Easter attack. It is noteworthy that Arrivals from Russian Federation has recorded an increase of 61% in comparison to February 2019. In contrast, tourist arrivals from China have recorded a decline of 92.5% in comparison to February 2019.

India, United Kingdom, Russian Federation, Germany and France were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist generating markets in the month of February this year. India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 17% of the total traffic received in February 2020. United Kingdom accounted for 12.7% of the total traffic; while Russian Federation, Germany and France accounted for 10.1%, 7.9% and 5.5% respectively. It is noteworthy that China has been dropped from the top ten tourist generating markets of Sri Lanka for the first time since 2012.

India, United Kingdom, Russian Federation, Germany and China were Sri Lanka’s top five international tourist generating markets from January to February this year. India was the largest source of tourist traffic to Sri Lanka with 18% of the total traffic received from January to February 2020. UK accounted for 11% of the total traffic; while Russian Federation, Germany and China accounted for 9%, 6% (both) respectively.


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