Tourism & Leisure


Tourism & Leisure industry is the third largest foreign exchange earner in the Sri Lankan economy. The government of Sri Lanka has positioned tourism as a central pillar of the economy valuing Sri Lanka’s exceptional island-wide natural and cultural endowments.

The government is determined to nurture world-class visitor experiences firmly rooted in the inherent natural, cultural, historic and social capital of Sri Lanka and its people, and to ensure that these experiences generate island-wide economic value. The industry is poised to offer great growth and investment potential. As a result, Sri Lanka has become an increasingly popular destination among international travellers.

Potential areas for investment

  • Tourist Accommodation & Services (Hotels / Resorts / Villas/ Higher-end restaurants)
  • Leisure & Recreational (Golf Course, Entertainment Complexes, Theme Parks, Tourist
  • Shopping Complexes, Eco-Lodges, Camping, Whale & Dolphin Watching, water Sports)
  • Adventure & Eco Tourism (Adventure parks)
  • Transportation (Yacht Marina, Coastal Ferry Services, Cruise Lines)
  • Skill Development: Hotel / Hospitality Training Institutes

International Brands


Sri Lanka Tourism Statistics

STATISTICS 2016 2018 2020
Tourists arrivals
2.0 Mn
2.3 Mn

4.0 Mn

Earnings from tourism
USD 3.5 Bn
USD 4.3 Bn

USD 7.0 Bn

Average spending per day
USD 168
USD 174

USD 210

Employment generated. (Direct/ Indirect)


Accommodation capacity (Graded)