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Thursday, April 19, 2012 - 6.22 GMT
Tourist arrivals up in March


The total number of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka went up 21.3 to 91,102 in March 2012 while the figure was only 75,130 in 2011 March, 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, Eastern Europe, East Asia, Middle East and North America.

Tourists from Western Europe, the traditional tourist generating market, rose 35.6 percent to 40,686 in March 2012. The number of visitors from France went up 8.1 percent to 6,378, those from Switzerland up 87.8 percent to 2,345 and from Germany up 29.6 percent to 7,654.

Eastern Europe visitors rose to 59.3 percent to 7,882 with tourists from Russia up by 56.7 percent to 2,998 and others went up 60.9 percent to 4,884.

Arrivals from East Asia up by 44.3 percent to 10,148. Japanese visitors increased 14.9 percent to 1,752, visitors from Malaysia rose 47.3 percent to 1,958. Visitors from Singapore rose 30.6 percent to 1,564.

North American visitors rose to 20.2 percent to 4,795.

Tourist arrivals in the country increased sharply from May 2009 with the restoration of peace.






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