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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 7-pct in Feb; Chinese visitors plunge

ECONOMYNEXT – Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka grew 7 percent from a year earlier to 252,033 in February 2019, the state tourism development authority said, amid a steep fall in Chinese visitors.

The top generating markets were India with 13 percent of arrivals, the United Kingdom 12 percent, China 11 percent, and France and Germany 7 percent each.

Indian visitors had fallen 1.9 percent to 21,286, and the UK had grown 8.8 percent to 29,750.

Arrivals from China had plunged 22 percent to 28,039 amid traditional Chinese Lunar New Year holidays.

Visitors from the US rose 61 percent to 9,678, Australian arrivals rose 61 percent to 6,469.

In 2018, Sri Lanka welcomed 2,333,796 tourists.

In the first two months of the year, Sri Lanka recorded 496,272 visitor arrivals, up 4.6 percent from a year earlier. (Colombo/Mar08/2019-SB)

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