Dec 04, 2014 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 9.4 percent to 119,727 in November 2014 from a year earlier, driven by China and India, data from the state tourism promotion office showed.
Middle Eastern visitors were down 10.5 percent to 4,327 with arrivals from Saudi Arabis up 48.0 percent to 1,328 and UAE down 21.6 percent to 359 but Oman was up 17 percent to 571.
Sri Lanka targets 1.5 million tourist arrivals for the year 2014 with the key focus of achieving 2.5 million of tourists in the end of 2016.
In the eleven months of 2014 arrivals were up 20.3 percent to 1,348,481.
South Asian visitors were down 0.3 percent to 31,135 compared to the same month last year with arrivals from India, Sri Lanka top market, down 0.2 percent to 19,762.
Visitors from Maldives were up 8.5 percent to 8,329 and Pakistan was down 26.9 percent to 1,819.
East Asian visitors were up 47.6 percent to 21,398 with arrivals from China up 125.3 percent to 10,878.
In the eleven months to Novemebr, visitors from China were up 137.6 percent to 117,766.compared to 128,172 from Britain up 4.9 percent.
Malaysian visitors were down 8.8 percent to 2,018, Japanese were up 299.0 percent to 2,518 and Indonesia was down 34.6 percent to 573 compared to the same month last year.
Visitors from Western Europe were up 12.8 percent 35,915 in the month with UK up 11.0 percent to 10,730 and Germany up 17.3 percent to 9,049.
Eastern European arrivals were down 4.9 percent to 15,850 with Russia down 3.9 percent to 7,282, Ukraine also was down 42.6 percent to 2,654.