Sri Lanka tourist arrivals fall 2.3-pct in September
Oct 09, 2017 15:44 PM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)
ECONOMYNEXT – Tourist arrivals into Sri Lanka fell in September 2017 from a year ago mainly because of lower arrivals from big markets like China and Germany although the number of visitors from India, the biggest market, grew strongly.
Total arrivals fell 2.3 percent to 145,077 in September 2017 from the year before, data from the tourism office showed.
The biggest fall was in tourists from Germany, the second-biggest European market, where arrivals fell 15.1 percent to 8,574, while arrivals from China dropped 14.3 percent to 18,939.
Arrivals from China in the nine months to September are lower this year, while those from Germany are stagnant.
The number of visitors from India grew 26.6 percent in September 2017 to 34,481 from a year ago and are up 6.1 percent to 267,601 so far this year.
(COLOMBO, October 9, 2017)