Sri Lanka September tourist arrivals up 3.6-pct

ECONOMYNEXT – The growth in the number of tourists visiting Sri Lanka slowed to single digits in September after growing by double digits every month except in June this year with arrivals from China staying strong while Indian numbers were stagnant.

Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka were up 3.6% in September 2016 to 148,499 from a year ago, according to data from the tourism office.

Arrivals from India, the biggest market, were virtually unchanged at 27,241with the number of Indian visitors up 14% to 252,165 in the year to September from the same period in 2015.

Arrivals from China, the second biggest market, were up 7.8% to 22,111 in September 2016 from the year before, with total visitors for the first nine months up 29.2% to 213,103 from the same 2015 period.

Sri Lanka received just over 1.5 million tourists up to September 2016, up 14.6% from the same 2015 period.

Arrivals from the traditional markets of the United Kingdom and Germany remained strong, with those from the UK up 10% and from Germany  almost 22% in September compared with a year ago.
(COLOMBO, Oct 04, 2016)

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