Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 36-pct in September
ECONOMYNEXT – Tourist arrivals in to Sri Lanka continue to grow strongly with the numbers rising 35.9 percent in September 2015 from a year ago, said Rohantha Athukorala, chairman of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau.
Tourist arrivals for the nine months to September were up 18.8 percent from a year ago, he told a news conference.
“We have crossed the 1.3 million mark in tourist arrivals,” Athukorala said.
Data from the tourism office showed India regained the top position among source markets from China in September 2015 with the number of visitors rising 41.5 percent to 27,233 while Chinese visitors rose 54 percent to 20,502.
But China remained the fastest growing source market and arrivals were up 73.6 percent up to September this year from a year ago.
Arrivals from India during the first nine months were up 29.4 percent to 220,907.
The number of visitors from the traditional European markets continued to grow with arrivals from the United Kingdom up 24.2 percent to 11,160 in September 2015 and up 14 percent to 122,291 for the year so far.
Arrivals from Germany grew 18.5 percent to 8,292 in September 2015 and were up 12.8 percent to 84,761 for the year.
But visitors from Russia continued to fall, down 7.6 to 2,788 in September 2015 and down 10.7 percent to 42,552 in the first nine months of this year compared with 2014. (Colombo/October 03 2015)