Dec 24, 2013 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals grew 2.8 percent from a year earlier 112,213 million in November 2013, the slowest growth registered in any month in over three years. The State ordered hotels to restrict bookings from regular tourists during the Commonwealth meet and room rates were also boosted up.
Given sufficient demand, tourist arrivals will be determined by the seats free on airlines and vacant rooms in hotels which are available for booking at a reasonable price compared to competition.
Sri Lanka’s tourism authorities expected 1.2 million tourists this year, up 20 percent from a year earlier and the island has to draw 200,000 visitors in December to meet the target.
Visitors from South Asia however were up 16.5 percent to 31,039 with India growing a strong 12.2 percent to 19,779 and Maldives growing 18.5 percent to 7,772.
Arrivals so far this year was up 15 percent to 1,016,228.
Western European arrivals slumped 2.2 percent with key markets in Netherlands down 30 percent to 1,616 and France down 6.4 percent to 5,091.
Arrivals from UK, Sri Lanka’s top market after India was up 2.5 percent to 11,095 and Germany was up 3.8 percent to