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Sri Lanka sees 4,500 tourist arrivals in March, Kazakhstan leads

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka has welcomed 4,581 tourists in March 2021, up from 3,366 in February after the Indian Ocean island re-opened for post-Covid tourism, with Kazakhstan and Germany leading, data from the state tourism office showed.

Sri Lanka’s March arrivals are down 93.6 percent from 71,370 a year earlier, when airports were closed on the March 19 to start Coronavirus lockdowns.

Total arrivals so far this year were 9,629 down from 507,311 a year earlier.

A third of the arrivals or 1,514 in March came from Kazakhstan from where Sri Lanka’s Aitken Spence Travels said in February it would two charters a week till April.

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Germany generated 502 arrivals of 11 percent. United Kingdom brought 316 arrivals or 6.9 percent.

Ukraine brought 287 tourists or 6.3 percent and China 223 or 4.9 percent. India generated 183 arrivals and the US 182.

Sri Lanka does not provide a breakdown of business travellers.

Sri Lanka was expecting about a million tourists in 2021 as the market gradually picks up. (Colombo/Apr04/2021)

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