Chinese visitors to Sri Lanka up 32-pct in May

ECONOMYNEXT – China remains Sri Lanka’s fastest growing tourism market with the number of visitors up 31.5 percent to 16,004 in May 2016 from a year ago, tourism office statistics show.

The number of Chinese tourists visiting the island, including those from Hong Kong, were up 42.7 percent to 112,890 in the five months to May 2016 from the same period last year, the fastest growth of all tourism markets.

Total tourist arrivals rose 10.1 percent in May 2016 from the year before, with arrivals up 18.4 percent in the January-May period.

India remains the biggest source of visitors, up 7.9 percent to 34,259 in May 2016 from a year ago and up 21.9 percent in the five months to May.

Arrivals from traditional markets like the United Kingdom, Germany and France also showed double-digit growth rates in the five month period, but visitors from Russia fell.
(COLOMBO, June 08 2016)

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