Sri Lanka tourist arrival up 25.8-pc up in November

Chairman of the Colombo Stock Exchange Dumith Fernando presenting the sponsorship cheque to President of CA Sri Lanka Manil Jayesinghe

Dec 09, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 25.8 percent to 90,889 in November 2011 with arrivals during the 11 months to November rising 33.1 percent to 758,458 data from the tourism promotion office said. In the 11 months to November total visitors from South Asia rose 38.8 percent to 211,777.

“We expect year end tourism arrivals to reach 800,000,” deputy economic development minister Laksman Abeywardene said.

In November arrivals from Western Europe rose 24.6 percent to 30,637 with arrival from France rising 44.7 percent to 4,678, from Switzerland up 363 percent to 1,850 and Germany up 44 percent to 4,862.

Arrivals from Netherlands rose 11 percent to 2,088. But UK arrivals fell 2 percent to 9,589. In the 11 months visitors from Western Europe rose 14.5 percent to 281,484.

Eastern European visitors rose 101 percent to 9,927 with Russian visitors rising 116 percent to 4,456.

East Asian visitors rose 15 percent to 9,140 with Chinese arrivals up 29.5 percent to 1,270, Japan up 43 percent to 2,039. Visitors from Taiwan rose 69 percent to 1,139.

But arrivals from Malaysia fell 14.4 percent to 1,620. Visitors from Singapore fell 2.5 percent to 1,498.