The total number of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka went up 27.0 to 83,549 in February 2012 while the figure was only 65,797 in 2011 February, 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 23.4 percent to 38,364 in February 2012. The number of visitors from France went up 27.7 percent to 6,378, those from Switzerland up 170.8 percent to 2,345 and from Germany up 42.6 percent to 7,654.
South Asian visitors rose to 14.1 percent to 15,504 with tourists from India up by 12.6 percent to 11,342, from Maldives up 15.4 percent to 2,675 and from Pakistan up 13.4 percent to 989.
Arrivals from Australasia went up 29.9 percent to 3,204 and from East Asia up by 47.4 percent to 10,256. Japanese visitors increased 62.4 percent to 2,345, visitors from Malaysia rose 30.9 percent to 1,543. Visitors from Singapore rose 35.3 percent to 1,342.
Tourist arrivals in the country increased sharply from May 2009 with the restoration of peace.