Performance of Tourism Sector in Sri Lanka - from Statistical Report 2016

Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority 's Statistical Report 2016 regarding how many tourist come to sri lanka every year

Performance of Tourism Sector in Sri Lanka  

-by Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority


▶ Worldwide, global tourism rebounded strongly, with the growth of international tourist arrivals by 3.9 per cent in 2016 to a total of 1,235 million, from 1,189 million in 2015. The highest growth of all regions with 8.4 per cent was recorded from Asia & Pacific in 2016. 

▶ Tourism in Sri Lanka has surged to a new limit of over 2 million (2,050,832) arrivals in 2016, which is an increase of 14.0 per cent over last year’s 1,798,380 arrivals. 

▶ The foreign exchange earnings increased by 18.05 per cent from Rs. 405,492 million (US 2,980.6 million) in 2015 to Rs. 512,293 million (US $ 3,518.5 million) in 2016.

▶ Foreign Exchange (FE) Receipts per tourist per day recorded an increase of US $ 4.1, from US$ 164.1 to US$ 168.2 in 2016. 

▶ In 2016, the tourism sector continued to perform well and was able to retain its rank in the third level as one of the main sources of Foreign Exchange Earners of the national economy. Foreign Remittances (Rs. 1,054.48 billion) and Textiles and Garments (Rs.710.76 billion) were the first two highest sources of foreign exchange. The portion of tourism’s contribution to total FE earnings in 2016 amounted to 14.2 per cent. 

▶ Visitors from Asia continued to be the main source of Tourism to Sri Lanka in the year 2016 accounting for 45.1 per cent of the total share. Similarly, the number of arrivals from Western Europe continued to be the second source of tourism with a share of 31.4 per cent. 

▶ Similar to as previous years, India emerged as the leading producer of tourism to Sri Lanka amounting to 356,729 arrivals, accounting for 17.4 per cent of the total traffic. China progressed to the second place with 271,577 arrivals and a growth of 26.4 % while UK moved down to third position (188,159) with 16.3 percentage change in 2016. 

▶ The average duration of stay is 10.2 nights as compared to 10.1 nights in the previous year of 2016. 

▶ The room capacity in tourist hotels (Classified/Unclassified & Boutique Hotels) increased by 2,960 rooms from 19,376 in 2015 to 22,336 in 2016. 

▶ The room occupancy rate of graded accommodation has shown 74.76 percent (Estimated) in year 2016 as compared to 74.5 percent in the previous year recording an increase of 0.26 percent. 

▶ The total foreign guest nights recorded in tourist hotels has increased from 8,945,380 in 2015 to 10, 595,118 in 2016 with a growth rate of 18.4%. 

▶ Employment generated in the tourism sector (both direct and indirect) increased from 319,436, in 2015 to 335,659 in 2016 with a growth rate of 5.1%. (Estimated). 
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