Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 19-pct in June 2018
ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 19 percent to 146,828 in June 2018 from a year earlier, with double digit growth from India, China and UK, and Australia, data from the state tourism promotion office showed.
Arrivals up to June were up 15.3 percent to 1.164 million visitors.
Visitors from the largest market India, grew 18.4 percent to 32,971, and arrivals from China grew 18.7 percent to 20.424.
Visitors from the UK grew 16.1 percent to 12,104. Australian arrivals grew 57 percent to 9,997 with 1,354 coming by sea. German arrivals fell 17.5 percent to 7,024.
Sri Lanka South Western coasts are hit by monsoons from May and Western visitors decline, and the East Coast of the island becomes more attractive. However it takes almost half a day of travel.
Visitors from Japan were up 3.5 percent to 3,074 while Malaysian arrivals rose 18.3 percent to 2,019. (Colombo/June05/2018)