ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's tourism arrivals grew 6.2 percent to 129.466 in May 2018 from a year earlier with strong growth in visitors from India and Australia while Chinese visitors fell, data from the state tourism promotion office showed.
Indian visitors grew 23 percent to 34,167 but Maldives fell 19 percent to 4,343 in the fasting month of Ramadan.
Malaysian arrivals fell 23 percent to 1,604, and visitors from the Middle East also fell 22 percent to 1,954.
Chinese visitors fell 7.5 percent to 17,103. But up to May 2018, 149,197 visitors have arrived, up from 117,539 last year.
UK arrivals grew 9.6 percent to 9,337, while visitors from Germany grew 8.7 percent t 6,906.
Arrivals from Australia surged 28 percent to 4,873, after state-run SriLankan Airlines started direct flights. Up to May 42,808 Australians have come, up from 28,734 last year.
Japanese visitors also grew 48.5 percent to 4,229 and US visitors grew 24 percent to 4,123.
In the first five months of the year 1,017,819 tourists have come to Sri Lanka up 14.7 percent from last year.
In 2017, 2,116,407 visitors came with weak arrivals up to May due to a partial airport closure. (Colombo/June06/2018)