Over 860,000 tourists arrivals have been reported thus far in 2023, as per the statistics recorded by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).

Accordingly, a total of 866,744 tourists arrivals were reported since January this year, of which 98,831 were reported within the first 20 days of August, the SLTDA stated.

While a majority of the tourists have been identified as Indian nationals, a high number of British and Chinese nationals were also recorded entering the island.

Separate rest area for local, foreign tourists coming to Yala