0831 GMT February 22, 2020
In 2018, Sri Lanka earned $4.4 billion from tourism with steadily increased revenue of 11.6 percent compared to 2017, Xinhua reported.
The recent data by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said that an average duration of stay per person in the island country was 11 days while an average daily expenditure was $174.
In 2019, the tourism industry expects the arrival of three million tourists and revenue of $5 billion with the Lonely Planet Magazine naming Sri Lanka as the number one destination to travel in 2019.
India, China and Britain remained the leading markets for Sri Lanka tourism in 2018.