The total number of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka went up 15.7 to 85,874 in January 2012 while the figure was only 74,197 in 2011 January, according to the latest figures released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.
Figures showed an increase in the number of arrivals from Western Europe, South Asia, East Asia, Middle East and North America.
Tourists from Western Europe, the traditional tourist generating market, rose 11.9 percent to 36,497 in January 2012. The number of visitors from France went up 5.2 percent to 4,782, those from Netherlands up 22.4 percent to 3,590 and from Germany up 7.0 percent to 5,933.
South Asian visitors rose to 7.3 percent to 19,209 with tourists from India up by 6.0 percent to 14,615, from Maldives up 11.1 percent to 3,129 and from Pakistan up 12.1 percent to 998.
Arrivals from Australasia went up 8.3 percent to 4,213 and from East Asia up by 28.4 percent to 9,334. Japanese visitors increased 30.6 percent to 1,866, visitors from Malaysia rose 31.1 percent to 1,403. Visitors from Singapore rose 41.5 percent to 1,453.
Tourist arrivals in the country increased sharply from May 2009 with the restoration of peace.