Visitors to Sri Lanka up 16-pct in Nov 2016, 2 million target in sight

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Dec 06, 2016 (LBO) – Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in November rose by 16 percent to 167,217 arrivals with Chinese and Western European markets continuing their growth momentum.

In the first 11 months arrivals rose to 1.82 million, up by 14.7 percent, making two million mark for the year achievable. December is likely to be a strong month, as Sri Lanka received 206,000 visitors during December last year.

This year’s figure is up sharply from an annual average of 300,000 to 400,000 tourists the island greeted during a war with Tamil Tiger separatists.

Arrivals from Western Europe grew by 16 percent YoY to 46,565 persons in November 2016 whilst visitors from the United Kingdom was up 23.2 percent to 13,337 in the month of November. German arrival grew 10.6 percent to 11.172 in the same period.

Chinese arrivals were up 10.5 percent to 18,590 in November 2016 compered to the previous year while India grew at a lesser pace of 2.8 percent.

Arrivals from East Asia rose 13 percent YoY to 31,586 with South Asia recording a rise of 12 percent YoY to 46,319 persons.

http://www.sltda.gov.lk/sites/default/files/Page2Nov16.pdf