China beats India to become Sri Lanka’s top tourist market in July
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 31 percent from a year earlier to 175,804 in July 2015 with China becoming the top generating market, relegating India to second place, data from the state tourism promotion office showed.
China sent 25,120 visitors to Sri Lanka in July up 65.5 percent from a year earlier, with the total in the seven months to July rising 77 percent to 119,705.
Economic and political ties between China and Sri Lanka rose during the last regime with air links also growing.
India generated 24,681 visitors in July, up 28 percent from a year earlier, with the total up to July rising 27.4 percent to 170,134.
Visitors from South Asia were up 36 percent to 36,360 in July also helped by a 23 percent rise in Maldivian visitors to 6,023.
Arrivals from Western Europe rose 18 percent to 64,905, with arrivals from UK rising 23 percent to 20,643. French visitors were down 0.2 percent to 9,080 but visitors from Germany were up 7.2 percent to 8,494.
Visitors from Eastern Europe rose 16.7 percent to 7,378 with Czech tourists rising 60 percent to 957. Russian visitors fell 5 percent to 2,514.
In the seven months to July total arrivals rose 16.8 percent to 1,005,855 .