Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 12.6-pct in April

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 12-6 percent from a year ago to 180,426 in April 2018, with strong growth from India, UK and triple digit growth from Australia and the US, despite Chinese arrivals falling, data from the state tourism promotion office showed.

Arrivals in the first four month rose 16.1 percent to 888,353.

Tourists from India, the largest generating market, went up 13.4 percent to 26,323, though visitors from China fell 11.9 percent to 17,462.

UK visitors soared 46.1 percent to 26,063.

Visitors from Australia, where SriLankan Airlines is flying direct rose 107 percent to 14,023 while US tourist also rose 102.3 percent to 8,673.

Japanese visitors fell 11.9 percent to 17,462.

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