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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 20-pct in November

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 20 percent to 144,147 in November 2015 from a year earlier, driven by strong arrivals from India, China and modest increases in Western Europe and the Middle East, official data showed.

Arrivals in the 11 months to November were up 18.1 percent to 1.59 million.

South Asian visitors were up 32 percent to 41,381 with Indian arrivals up 48 percent to 29,329.  India is the largest generating market with visitors up 23 percent to 403,029 so far this year.

Arrivals from the Maldives were down 1.7 percent to 8,190 and Pakistan was up 11 percent to 2,030.

East Asian visitors were up 30 percent to 28,017 with Chinese arrivals up 54 percent to 16,830. So far this year Chinese arrivals were up 68 percent to 198,940. China is now the second largest generating market after India, and has overtaken UK.

Arrivals from Western Europe rose 11 percent to 40,006 with gains seen from Germany (up 11 percent to 10,103), Austria (up 27 percent to 1,295), Netherlands (up 26 percent to 1,889) and France up 3.5 percent to 5,641.

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