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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 0.5-pct in Oct

ECONOMYNEXT – Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in October 2018 grew 0.5 percent from a year ago to 153,123 led by Indian visitors, the tourism office said.

Arrivals from India grew 3.2 percent from 2016 to 38,169 tourists.

China, the second largest market, fell 13.6 percent from a year earlier to 18,882 tourist arrivals.

Arrivals from the United Kingdom, the third largest, grew 41.2 percent from a year earlier to 17,673 tourists.

Germany and Australia rounded up the top five tourist markets.

Up to end-October 2018, arrivals had grown 10.6 percent from a year earlier to 1.89 million tourists. India, China, UK, Germany and Australia were the top five markets for the first 10 months as well.

Following a constitutional crisis in the last week of October, Sri Lanka has been hit with several travel advisories from key tourism generating countries, hitting arrivals. (Colombo/Nov07/2018)

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