Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 12.9 percent in January this year compared to the same period last year, the data released today by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.
The month recorded 219,360 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 194,280 arrived in January 2016.
Arrivals from North America rose 14.9 percent to 10,521 in January and the arrivals from US rose 19.7 percent to 6,155 during the month.
Tourist arrivals from Western Europe reached 72,500 during the month, a 13.8 percent increase from the 63,690 tourists arrived in the same month last year.
Arrivals from Eastern Europe increased 16.7 percent with the arrival of 26,540 tourists in January 201 with arrivals from Russia rising 23.7 percent and from Ukraine 24.5 percent during the month.
Tourist arrivals from Middle East declined 11.5 percent with 8,948 visitors.
Tourist arrivals from East Asia increased 25.7 percent as 48,773 visited the country compared to the 38,807 visited in January 2016. Arrivals from China increased 21.9 percent with 31,802 tourists arriving in the country last month.
Arrivals from South Asia this year saw a modest increase of 2.4 percent with 41,470 tourists visiting the island. Of those arrived from South Asia, 31,173 were from India corresponding to an increase of 7.9 percent this year. However, arrivals from Maldives declined by 18.0 percent.
Over 2 million tourists arrived in Sri Lanka last year contributing US$ 2.75 billion of earnings to the government revenues in during the first ten months of 2016.
Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals in 2016 rose 14.0 percent from the year before with the arrival of 2,050,832 tourists although lower than the target of 2.2 million for the year.
Sri Lanka’s Tourism Authority has set a target of 2.5 million tourist arrivals this year.
Source- COLOMBO PAGE