COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 8.5 percent to 122,217 in April 2015, from a year earlier, driven by India and continued strong growth from China, official data shows.
In the first four months tourist arrivals were up 12.5 percent to 601,055.
Arrivals from India rose 34 percent to 23,048 taking the total in the first four months to 87,829 up 23 percent from a year earlier, keeping the country as the top generating market for Sri Lanka.
South Asian arrivals rose 17.7 percent to 32,907 in April, with Maldives down 14.6 percent to 5,859, Pakistan down 0.2 percent to 2,759 and Bangladesh down 1 percent to 829.
Arrivals from China rose 72.3 percent to 13,790 maintaining a blistering growth rate. Total Chinese arrivals in the first four months rose 81.8 percent to 66,925 making it the second largest generating market.
Arrivals from Western Europe fell 6.4 percent to 34,964. Visitor from UK fell 9.3 percent to 11,233. Arrivals in the first four months of the year was up 9.0 percent to 56,046, now behind China.
Visitors from German also fell 21.1 percent to 6,423. But tourists from France rose 7 percent to 6,386 and visitors from The Netherlands rose 22 percent to 1,764.
Visitors from Eastern Europe rose 7.7 percent to 11,675 helped by renewed growth from Russia. Russian visitors rose 14.5 percent to 5,699. The Czech Republic was also up 7 percent to 1,167. But Ukrainian visitors were down 31 percent to 1,328.
Middle Eastern visitors also grew 3.4 percent to 5,484 with Saudi Arabia growing 24.6 percent to 1,278.