LNP – Tourist arrivals cross 155k

Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka have exceeded 155,000 so far, led by Russians, despite the challenges emanating from the global COVID pandemic.

As per provisional data released by the Tourism Ministry yesterday, Sri Lanka has received 155,375 travellers as of 21 February.

During the first 22 days of February, a total of 73,048 tourists visited Sri Lanka, with an average of over 3,000 tourists per day.

Amidst a surge in its COVID cases, Russia continues to dominate among the top tourist source market for Sri Lanka with 24,889 followed by India with 20,561, UK 15,846, Ukrainian 12,501 and Germany 11,127.

In addition, tourists were also received from countries such as France, Poland, Kazakhstan, Australia and Maldives as of 21 February.

Given the sharp rebound in tourist arrivals this month, Tourism Minister Prasanna Ranatunga last week renewed monthly expectations to 200,000 travellers.

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