COLOMBO (NewsRadio); A total of 719,978 tourists have arrived in Sri Lanka in the year 2022.
According to provisional data issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, this is an increase of 525,483 from 2021.
91,961 tourists have arrived in the country during the month of December.
19,963 tourists from Russia, 17,350 persons from India, 7,879 from the United Kingdom, 5,158 from Australia and 4,984 individuals from Germany were among them.
In 2021, Sri Lanka received 89,506 tourists in December.
Based on annual data received by NewsRadio from the SLTDA, 123,004 persons have arrived from India in 2022.
91,272 individuals also arrived from Russia as well. Furthermore, 85,187 from the UK 55,542 from Germany, 35,467 from France, 30,924 from Australia, 26,845 from Canada, 22,230 from the United States, 18,880 from the Maldives and 15,195 individuals from Poland also visited Sri Lanka in the year 2022.
Meanwhile, the highest number of tourist arrivals was recorded in March last year.
106,500 tourists arrived in March and then the numbers gradually reduced due to various reasons including the economic crisis, protests and being the off season for traditional travelers.
The number of tourists has picked up in the last few months and with the winter season in Europe.
The Ministry of Tourism informed NewsRadio that it has taken a number of steps to attract visitors especially travelers from Europe in the wintry months.
The tourism sector is gradually picking up following three difficult years due to the 2019 Easter Sunday attacks, the COVID-19 pandemic and also the economic crisis.