Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 39-pct in Oct 2010

Kris Canekeratne at LBR LBO Tech Conference

Nov 19, 2010 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals in October 2010 rose 39.4 percent to 52,370 from a year earlier, driven by sharp increases from traditional European markets as the winter tourist season began, official data showed. Tourist arrivals from Western Europe shot up by almost 46 percent in October 2010 to 20,313 travel warning in many countries were relaxed or removed after the end of a 30-year war.

The island’s peak tourism season coincides with the northern hemisphere winter.

In October, visitors from the United Kingdom, a key market, rose 13.7 percent to 7,494 while those from Germany, went up 62.3 percent to 4,381 people in October, data from the tourist promotion office showed.

The number of visitors from France shot up 147 percent to 2,770, Dutch visitors were up
131 percent to 1,874.

Tourists from Switzerland, Spain, Belgium and Denmark, though smaller markets, more than doubled during the month.

Visitors from South Asia were up 33 percent to 16,735 with Indians increasing 43 percent to 13,200. Maldivian visitors were up 1.3 percent to 2,459. South Asian visitors were up 22 percent to 130,516 in the first 10 months.

Total arrivals to October were up 43.5 percent to 497,598 from a y