Tourist arrivals up 36-pct driven by arrivals from India and China

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Oct 04, 2015 (LBO) Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose to 143,374 visitors, up 35.9 percent in September 2015 from a year ago, a statement said.

Arrivals for the nine months to September were up 17.1 percent to 1,315,839 from a year ago, the latest tourism data shows.

In September India arrivals rose 41.5 percent to 27,233 while Chinese visitors rose 54 percent to 20,502.

China remains the fastest growing market and arrivals were up 73.6 percent up to September this year from a year ago, data showed.

Arrivals from India during the first nine months were up 29.4 percent to 220,907.

Arrivals from Europe continued to grow with arrivals from the United Kingdom up 24.2 percent to 11,160 in September 2015 and up 14 percent to 122,291 for the year so far while

Visitors from France rose 10.1 percent to 68,021 in September while arrivals from Germany rose 12.8 percent to 84,761.

However there was a dip in arrivals from Russia, down 7.6 to 2,788 in September 2015 and down 10.7 percent to 42,552 in the first nine months of this year compared with 2014.