Sri Lanka’s tourism arrivals up 4.9-pct in August

ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 4.9 percent from a year earlier to 200,359 in August 2018, helped by strong arrivals from Australia and UK, data from the state tourism promotion office showed.

During the eight months to August arrivals were up 12.5 percent to 1.582 million.

Visitors from Australia soared 38.3 percent to 8,239 with arrivals up to August reaching 79,113. Visitors from Australia had grown steeply since direct flights were launched to the country by state-run SriLankan Airlines.

UK visitors grew 7.8 percent to 23,643 with the total up to August reaching 173,478.

Dutch arrivals were up 8.5 percent to 5,697.

Arrivals from India, the largest market rose 2.9 percent to 31,220 with the total rising to 269,484.

Visitors from China grew by a marginal 0.2 percent to 26,558 with the total reaching 190,312.

Saudi Arabian tourists fell 25 percent to 6,517.

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