Since the end of Sri Lanka’s civil war in 2009, the tourism sector has been on an upward trend, with increasing numbers of tourist arrivals creating a positive impact in the sector. In 2010, the number of arrivals rose by 40 per cent and in 2011 exceeded the 800,000 mark - a milestone for Sri Lankan tourism at the time. March 2012 marked a 21.3 per cent year on year increase in tourist arrivals, compared to a year earlier with 91,100 tourists visiting the country in March alone.
By 2013, the one million tourist arrivals mark had been reached and by 2016 a total of 2.05 million tourists were recorded to have arrived in the Island. This represented a growth of 14 per cent over the previous year. China, France, Germany, India and the UK continue as the top sources of arrivals. According to the long-term development plan of the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) it is expected that there will be around 4.5 tourist arrivals by 2020.
1. Impact on the island’s economy
- Tourism arrivals
- Tourist arrivals growth 2010-2016
- Tourism receipts
- Contribution of Travel & Tourism to GDP
- Break down of arrivals data
2. Hotel Industry Sri Lanka
- Hotel industry by province
- New hotel approvals
3. Spotlight on the West
- City Hotels in Colombo
- Hotels and occupancy in Colombo
4. Spotlight on the South
- Hotels and occupancy in Galle
5. Spotlight on the Hill Kingdom
- Hotels and occupancy in Kandy
6. Hotel managers’ survey
7. Players in the region
8. Outlook Sri Lanka’s tourism in the regional context: What Next ?
Annexure A Major Hotel Developments in Colombo
Annexure B Star Classification of Tourist Hotels (Tourism Act No 38 of 2005 order under section 48(5) Published on April 20th 2016