Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 12-pct in June

COLOMBO (EconomyNext) – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 12 percent to 115,467 in June 2015 from a year earlier driven by rapid growth from the main markets of China and India, data from the state tourist promotion agency showed.

In the year to June, the total number of visitors were up 14.1 percent to 830,051 from the year before.

Arrivals from South Asia have been growing rapidly, largely owing to Indian visitors, and were up 19.5 percent to 36,972 in June 2015.

Arrivals from East Asia also grew by over 19 percent to 26,217 in June, mainly driven by visitors from China, Hong Kong and Macau.

The traditional Western European market remained the largest source of visitors in the six months to June 2015, up almost 15 percent to 256,567 from the year before.

The UK, Germany and France were the main source of tourists.

Arrivals from Eastern Europe are down 11.4 percent to 76,708 in the year to June 2015 but are recovering with Russia growing 7.8 percent in June and Ukraine up 17.4 percent.

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