Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 21-pct in May

Sri Lankan Police forming a human chain in parliament to protect the Speaker and enable a vote.

June 17, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 21 percent to 70,026 in May 2013 from a year earlier, with a recovery in the Indian market and Western Europe growing strongly, official data shows. South Asia rose 14.4 percent to 23,819. India, Sri Lanka’s largest generating market rose 8.5 percent to 17,233 and Maldives rose 3.7 percent to 3,825.

In the first five months of the year, visitors were up 13.2 percent to 438,653.

Arrivals from Western Europe rose 28 percent to 19,966 with the biggest market UK up 27.5 percent to 6,299 and Germany up 45 percent to 4,263. France rose 8.2 percent to 3,490 and the Netherlands rose 44.7 percent to 1,376.

Eastern Europe was up 48 percent 3,502, with Russia up 78 percent to 1,579 and Ukraine up 22 percent 1,008.

Middle East fell 1.6 percent to 2,632.

East Asia rose 28.7 percent to 11,983 with China the top market up 59.4 percent to 2,493. In the first five months of the year Chinese arrivals were up 64.6 percent to 13,817.

Malaysia rose 18.2 percent to 2,192 and Japan rose 85.4 percent to 2,192.