In August, anticipation reached its peak as Sri Lanka Tourism aimed to surpass the remarkable milestone of 900,000 arrivals, a feat last achieved three years ago. The 16th Edition of the Asia Cup cricket tournament added to the excitement, drawing avid fans to the island. The month started strong, with an influx of over 5,000 visitors daily during the initial weeks, resulting in a robust growth rate.
During the first 27 days of August, Sri Lanka played host to 123,285 tourists, bringing the year-to-date arrivals to a promising 891,198. India, in its role as the largest source market in August and the overall YTD perspective, demonstrated the enduring appeal of the island. Notably, China emerged as a rising star in the tourism landscape, highlighting the increasing allure of Sri Lanka among Chinese travellers. With frequent visits to the western coast, stays in coastal towns are quite popular, and visitors tend to book a Kalpitiya hotel such as the Dolphin Beach Resort to enjoy a beachside vacation.