October 1-24 tourist arrivals top 31,000
The tourist arrivals for the first 24 days of October have reached 31,828, bringing the total number of international visitors to the country to 558,068 for the year so far.
The latest provisional data shared by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority showed an improvement in the weekly arrivals for the month of October.
The average daily arrival rate for the month is 1,326.
India, the Russian Federation and United Kingdom were the top three tourist traffic generators during the October 01-24 period, accounting for 20 percent, 15 percent and 10 percent of the total arrivals, respectively.
The improvement in arrivals from the Russian market is due to Aeroflot resuming operations to Sri Lanka.
Aeroflot said 75 percent of the tickets to Sri Lanka have already been booked from the November 2022 to March 2023 period.
Edelweiss, Air France, Royal Dutch Airlines and Azur Air will also start flying to Colombo again from the first week of November, Tourism Minister Harin Fernando shared in an update last week. The tourist arrivals to the country have averaged 35,000 per month from May to September 2022.
The month of March recorded the highest tourist arrival (106,500), while September saw the lowest tourist influx (29,802) for the year so far.
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