Sri Lankan tourism revenue reaches USD1.8B in first 11 months
Posted on December 9th, 2023

Courtesy Borneo Bulletin

COLOMBO (XINHUA) – Income generated by tourism in Sri Lanka from January to the end of November reached USD1.8 billion, which is a 78.3-per-cent hike from the same period in 2022, the latest data released by the Central Bank of Sri Lanka (CBSL) revealed.

The revenue earned from tourism increased to USD205.3 million in November 2023, which is over twice the revenue in November 2022, according to the CBSL.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Ali Sabry told Parliament on Thursday that the tourist arrivals will spike in 2024 with more airlines coming into the country.

Sri Lanka welcomed 151,496 international tourists in November, the highest monthly number of visitors it received in 2023, official data showed.

Sri Lanka’s cumulative tourist arrivals for the first 11 months of the year stand at 1.27 million, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.

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