Winter birds flock in, pushing September tourist arrivals up 43%

Tourist arrivals swung upwards in September heralding a bustling winter season and prompting tourism authorities to notch up end of the year targets. Tourist arrivals swung upwards in September heralding a bustling winter season and prompting tourism authorities to notch up end of the year targets. “Normally the winter season starts September October. This year the trend is already moving up. So we are expecting a 10 percent increase on the target by end of the year,” said a Tourist Board official.

Earlier during the year the Tourist Board wound down end 2004 expectations from 600,000 to 550,000 but now the Board is expecting over 560,000 total visitors by end December.

September arrivals show a 43 percent increase in year on year arrivals with numbers totalling to 51,525 persons.

Key growth markets in September were UK – up by 48 percent year on year to 10,041 persons, India – up by 43 percent year on year to 10,329 and Germany – up by 45 percent year on year to 5,208 persons.

Arrivals from the Middle East too, went up by 84 percent, on a low 651 base compared to last year to show 1,200 arrivals.

With tourism poised for a goo