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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 12.6-pct in Jan 2018, amid China plunge

Feb 07, 2018 06:37 AM GMT+0530 | 0 Comment(s)

ECONOMYNEXT - Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 12.6 percent from a year earlier to 246,972 in January 2018 with a surge in Indian visitors while China fell back, data from the state tourism promotion office showed.

Tourists from India, the top generating market, soared 40 percent to 43,643 in January pushing South Asian arrivals up 32 percent to 54,815. Visitors from Pakistan rose 18.2 percent to 2,971 and Maldives was up 9.4 percent to 6,194.

Western European arrivals rose 14.9 percent to 83,324 at the tail-end of the winter season after a weak 5.8 percent growth in December with UK growing 15.1 percent to 22,410. Germany grew 20.2 percent to 14,982, France was up 14.5 percent to 12,209.

Sweden grew 15.5 percent to 5,524, Italy 20.7 percent to 5,360 and Netherlands was up 13.3 percent to 5,048.

Eastern Europe grew 15 percent to 30,550 with Russia up 12.5 percent to 11,634 and Ukraine up 12 percent to 6,544.

Chinese visitors plunged 22 percent to 24,819 dragging total East Asian tourists down 15 percent to 41,462. Japanese visitors grew 18.2 percent to 4,758, Indonesia fell 21 percent to 2,284 and South Korea grew 36 percent to 2,523.

Middle East grew 25 percent to 11,199 with Saudi Arabia up 44 percent to 4,574 and Israel up 19.8 percent to 1,323. (Colombo/Feb07/2018)
 


 

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