Health Awareness and Health Issues among International Tourists Visiting Sri Lanka

Samarathunga, W.H.M.S. & Warnasekara, J. (2018). Health Awareness and Health Issues among International Tourists Visiting Sri Lanka. Journal of Management Matters, 5(1), 21-34

8 Pages Posted: 15 Nov 2018

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Whms Samarathunga

Department of Tourism & Hospitality Management, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka

Janith Warnasekara

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka - Department of Community Medicine

Date Written: September 1, 2018

Abstract

Although Sri Lanka is a famous tourist destination in South Asia, the literature keeps on silent about the health related information among the international tourists. This study was conducted at seventeen popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka from March 2017 to June 2017. Participants completed a questionnaire to elicit information concerning demographics, trip characteristics, health awareness, pre-tour health preparation and health issues encountered during the stay in Sri Lanka. The questionnaire was completed by 385 foreign travelers from 44 countries, representing all continents except Africa. Descriptive statistics were used to analyze the data. The result revels that the majority of tourists was aware that dengue is a common problem while most of tourists was aware that Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Tetanus, Rabies and Typhoid are common diseases in the country. Surprisingly, Yellow fever, Malaria, Zeca and Ebola were also reported as common diseases in Sri Lanka, although they are not recorded from Sri Lanka during the recent past. The result further indicates that the majority of tourists sought medical advices before visiting Sri Lanka. Vaccination and taking prophylactic medication were found to be the most common health precautions taken. Health issues are not very common among tourists to Sri Lanka since only very few tourists were reported with certain health issues. Most issues were minor, with spontaneous recovery.

Keywords: health issues, international tourists, prophylactic medication travelers, vaccination

Suggested Citation

Samarathunga, Whms and Warnasekara, Janith, Health Awareness and Health Issues among International Tourists Visiting Sri Lanka (September 1, 2018). Samarathunga, W.H.M.S. & Warnasekara, J. (2018). Health Awareness and Health Issues among International Tourists Visiting Sri Lanka. Journal of Management Matters, 5(1), 21-34, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3272158

Whms Samarathunga (Contact Author)

Department of Tourism & Hospitality Management, Rajarata University of Sri Lanka ( email )

Mihintale, 10300
Sri Lanka
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Janith Warnasekara

Rajarata University of Sri Lanka - Department of Community Medicine

Sri Lanka

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