ECONOMYNEXT – The number of tourists visiting Sri Lanka rose 13.7% in October 2016 from a year ago with strong gains seen from traditional markets like Germany and new markets India and China maintaining their double-digit growth momentum.
Sri Lanka received 150,419 visitors in October and tourist arrivals in the first 10 months of the year have risen 14.6% to over 1.4 million from the year before, the tourist office said.
India remained the main market in October 2016 with the number of arrivals from there rising 19.3% to 36,471 while China was not far behind, with numbers up 19.8% to 20,566 from a year ago.
The number of tourists from Germany rose 26.5% to 12,246 while the numbers from the United Kingdom, the other traditional big market, were up 10% to 10,964.
(COLOMBO, Nov 07, 2016)