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Sri Lanka tourism arrivals up 9-pct in Oct

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 8.8 percent from a year earlier to 132,280 in October 2015, with strong growth from India, China and Western Europe, official data showed.

Arrivals in the first 10 months of the year were up 17.9 percent to 1.448 million.

Arrivals from China rose 44.4 percent in October taking total visitors to 182,110. Visitors from East Asia rose 21.5 percent, 27,516 despite most generating markets, including Japan, (-3.6 percent), Singapore (-7.8 percent), Indonesia (-34 percent) and Korea (-9.4 percent), faltering.

Thai visitors were up 48 percent to 1,378.

Visitors from South Asia were up 14 percent to 40,714 with Indian tourists up 16.9 percent to 30,574. Total Indian visitors for the first 10 months were up 27 percent to 251,481 maintaining the pole position among Sri Lanka’s generating markets, after China.

Western Europe arrivals were also up 14 percent to 36,749 with German arrivals up 21.5 percent to 9,681.

Visitors from UK slowed 1.4 percent to 9,970. Tourists from France rose 17 percent to 5,313 and those from Nederlands rose 38 percent to 2,083.

Middle Eastern visitors plunged 39 percent to 5,366. Saudi Arabian visitors fell 36 percent to 1,694, UAE was down 42 percent.

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