Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 19.1-pct in July 2016
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals grew 19.1 percent from a year earlier in July 2016 to 209,351 recovering from a slow 2.2 percent growth in June, with China, India and Western Europe growing, data from the tourism promotion office showed.
Visitors from China rose 21.9 percent in July to 30,631, charging ahead of India which also grew 12.1 percent 27,665.
In the 7-months to July, arrivals from India, the top generating market grew 17.9 percent to 200,506.
Chinese tourist arrivals were up 36.6 percent to 163,473.
Visitors from Britain rose 16 percent to 23,948 in July, with the total for the seven months rising to 110,649.
German visitors rose 29 percent to 10,971 in July, with the total from the seven month up 15.2 percent to 75,537.
Western European arrivals were up 20 percent to 77,862.
Visitors from the Middle East, which plunged in June amid the fasting month of Ramadan, also recovered to grow 12.8 percent to 18,591 in July. Arrivals from Saudi Arabia rose 6 percent to 7,514.
Eastern European visitors were barely up 1.3 percent to 7,472 with Russia falling 9.7 percent to 2,269 and Ukraine falling 25.1 percent to 1,014.
East Asia was up 20.6 percent to 42,890 with China dominating. Japanese arrivals were up 29.9 percent to 3,633.
South Asia was up 17.1 percent to 42,568. Maldives recovered strongly from June growing 36 percent to 8,203, Pakistan fell 5.6 percent to 3,252 but Bangladesh surged 54 percent to 2,175.
Visitors from Australia was up 38.4 percent to 7,089 and arrivals from New Zealand were also up 30 percent to 1.022.
Total arrivals for the 7 months were up 16.7 percent to 1,173,618. Sri Lanka is targeting 2.2 million visitors this year. In 2015 Sri Lanka welcomed 1.798 million tourists. (Colombo/Aug05/2016)