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Travel and Tourism - Sri Lanka - February 2019

“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

This report looks at the following areas:

  • 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?

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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?

                                                                        Travel and Tourism - Sri Lanka - February 2019

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