Sri Lanka tourism arrivals up 17.5-pct in April 2017
ECONOMYNEXT – Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka rose 17.5 percent from a year earlier to 160,249 in April 2017 helped by a surge in European visitors as a partial closure of the airport ended.
Western European visitors rose 40.9 percent with UK visitors up 48.6 percent to 17,841, Germany up 47.1 percent to 11,866 and Switzerland rose 43 percent to 2,691.
From the smaller generating markets of Spain visitors were up 111 percent to 1,810, from Norway up 112 percent to 1,052, from Denmark up 92 percent to 1,310.
Russian visitors rose 12 percent to 4,603 while tourists from Ukraine increased 34 percent to 3,138.
European visitors were sharply up despite the winter tourist season effectively ending, as the airport re-opened during the daytime with runway repairs completed.
Growth in Sri Lanka’s larger generating market, India was muted, rising 1.7 percent to 26,323.
Growth from China, which was as high as 80 percent in recent years was also slow at 4.5 percent to 19,823 with a higher base.
In the first four months arrivals rose 6.1 percent to 765,202. (Colombo/May04/2017)