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Sri Lanka Travel and Tourism Market Report

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Providing the most comprehensive and up-to-date information and analysis of the Travel and Tourism - Sri Lanka market, and the behaviours, preferences and habits of the consumer.

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What are the key challenges facing the industry? Who is the consumer and what do they want? Where are the opportunities, where are the risks and what lies ahead?

Covered in this report

  • What are the main regions and tourism destinations in Sri Lanka?
  • Who are Sri Lanka’s visitors and which source markets show potential for further growth?
  • What are the new developments occurring in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry?
  • What strategies are Sri Lanka implementing to reach its objective of US$7 billion in tourism-related earnings by 2020?
  • How does tourism fit into Sri Lanka’s Vision 2025 plan to be classified as an upper-middle-income country and the export-driven hub of the Indian Ocean?

Expert analysis from a specialist in the field

Written by Jessica Kelly, a leading analyst in the Tourism sector, her extensive knowledge delivers in-depth commentary and analysis to highlight current trends and add expert context to the numbers.

Sri Lanka lies along the ‘maritime silk road’, creating potential for it to become a hub for commerce and tourism in the Indian Ocean region. Tourism arrival volume continues to break records every year, bringing with it foreign-exchange earnings essential to the country’s economic health. With the government’s goal of transitioning Sri Lanka to an upper-middle-income nation and an export-driven economy, the tourism industry should be further supported to help the country achieve its overall objective. Jessica Kelly
Senior Tourism Analyst

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Table of contents

  1. Sri Lanka: Key Facts

    • Introduction

      • Data Sources

        • Background

          • History
            • Geography
            • Attractions

                • West
                  • Colombo City
                    • Wilpattu National Park
                      • Central
                        • Adam’s Peak
                          • Cultural Triangle
                            • Kandy
                              • Nature and wildlife
                                • East
                                  • North
                                    • Jaffna
                                      • South
                                        • Beaches
                                          • Galle Fort
                                            • Matara
                                              • Sinharaja Forest Reserve
                                                • Yala National Park
                                                • Tourism and the Economy

                                                    • Figure 1: International tourism receipts, 2013-17
                                                    • Figure 2: Direct & indirect employment in the tourism industry, 2013-17
                                                • Arrivals

                                                  • International
                                                    • Figure 3: International visitor arrivals, 2009-18
                                                    • Figure 4: International tourist arrivals, by region, 2014-18
                                                    • Figure 5: Arrivals from top 10 source markets, by country of residence, 2014-18
                                                  • Domestic
                                                    • Figure 6: Local guest nights in all accommodation establishments by category, 2013-17
                                                • Market Characteristics

                                                  • International
                                                    • Purpose of visit
                                                      • Figure 7: International visitor arrivals, by purpose of visit, 2015-17
                                                    • Seasonality
                                                      • Length of stay
                                                        • Figure 8: Distribution of average duration of stay (nights), 2015-17
                                                      • Domestic
                                                        • Purpose of visit
                                                          • Seasonality
                                                            • Length of stay
                                                            • Transport

                                                                • Figure 9: International tourist arrivals by type of transportation used, 2013-17
                                                              • Air
                                                                • Figure 10: Distribution of total seating capacity by carrier, 2017
                                                                • Figure 11: Distribution of tourist arrivals, by carrier type, 2008-17
                                                              • Road
                                                                • Rail
                                                                  • Sea
                                                                    • Figure 12: Foreign passenger arrivals, by seaport, 2013-17
                                                                • Accommodation

                                                                    • Figure 13: Accommodation establishments & rooms, 2015-17
                                                                    • Figure 14: Accommodation capacity & occupancy rates, by district, 2017
                                                                    • Figure 15: Distribution of guest nights – foreign visitors vs local visitors, 2017
                                                                • Tourism News

                                                                  • Organisation of tourism sector
                                                                    • Government support
                                                                      • Marketing
                                                                      • What Next?