Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 2.2-pct in June 2016


Jul 05, 2016 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals grew just 2.2 percent to 118,038 in June 2016 from a year earlier, with arrivals from India and China continuing their upward trend, government data showed on Monday.

In the six months to June total tourist arrivals grew 16.2 percent to 964,267.

Total arrivals hit a high of 1.8 million in 2015, while revenue from the leisure sector also peaked to 2.86 billion US dollars last year. The island is targeting 2.5 million visitors this year and revenues of 3.5 billion US dollars.

Arrivals from India rose 4.7 percent to 27,068, while in the six months to June, arrivals were up 18 percent.

East Asia rose 15.8 percent to 19,952, with China up 28.8 percent to 19,952. Japan rose 9.1 percent to 2,674.

However, there was a dip seen in arrivals from Western Europe although the market grew 6.6 percent to 29,559 with UK arrivals up 9.6 percent to 9,406.

German visitors were down 2.2 percent to 5,461 while visitors from France were up 21.5 percent to 3,659.

US arrivals were up 12.2 percent to 4,111 and Canadian arrivals up 16.5 percent to 3,917.

Visitors from the Middle East were down 58 percent to 2,210 in June from a year earlier with arrivals from Saudi Arabia down 82 percent to 400.