Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up 47-pct in April: data

May 10, 2010 (LBO) – Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka rose 47.0 percent to 38,300 in April 2010 from a year earlier with strong growth in Western European and South Asian generating markets, data from the island’s tourism office showed. Visitors from South Asia were up 53 percent to 10,798. India generated 7,732 tourists, up 71.4 percent, Maldives 2,337, up 18.9 percent and Pakistan 560, up 73.9 percent.

Australia generated 2,197 visitors, up 40.3 percent. In the four months to April arrivals were up 49.7 percent to 198,709 from a year earlier. Sri Lanka has seen a revival in tourism after a 30-year war ended in May 2009.

In April arrivals from Western Europe rose 32.7 percent to 13,915 in the tail-end of the peak ‘winter’ season. UK sent 6,769 visitors in April, up 29.8 percent and Germany sent 2,116 tourists, up 13.2 percent.

Eastern Europe generated 2,146 tourists, up 53.6 percent with Russian arrivals up 11 percent to 875.

Arrivals from the Middle East were up 114.0 percent to 2,480, and East Asia up 44.3 percent to 4,065. China was down 1.2 percent to 660.