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Wednesday, November 20, 2013 - 06.38 GMT
Tourist arrivals up by nearly 28 percent in October


Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose by 27.9 percent in October this year compared to the same period last year, the data released Tuesday by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

The month recorded 102,805 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 80,379 arrived in October 2012.

Tourist arrivals recorded a 16.8 percent increase in the first ten months of this year with 904,015 tourists arriving in the island.

Arrivals from North America rose by 24.1 percent for the month of October with arrivals from the US increasing 35.3 percent in October. During the first eight months of the year overall arrivals from North America rose 10.1 percent to 51,700.

More tourists arrived in Sri Lanka this year from Western Europe than from South Asia. Tourist arrivals from Western Europe reached 336,493 during the first ten months of the year rising 14.7 percent while for the month of October arrivals increased by 17.9 percent to 28,662.

Arrivals from Eastern Europe increased 28.3 percent with the arrival of 64,263 tourists for the year while 11,206 tourists arrived in October, a 59 percent increase compared to October 2012. Arrivals from Russia jumped 89.4 percent in October while arrivals from other countries in the region increased by 40 percent.

Tourist arrivals from Middle East rose again in October by 45.7 percent to 7,624 while for the year arrivals increased by 12.1 percent.

The first eight months of 2013 recorded 126,733 East Asians as arriving in the island, an increase of 25.9 percent with China recording a 85.7 percent increase in the year. For the month of October 163.5 percent more Chinese visited the country than same period last year.

Arrivals from South Asia increased by 16.7 percent with 225,707 tourists visiting the island while, souring sentiments kept Indian tourists away limiting the rise in arrivals from India to 8.7 percent in the first ten months of 2013.

In the first nine months of this year Sri Lanka has earned US$ 883.1 million from tourism, 24.2 percent more than for the same period last year.

With the arrivals for the Commonwealth meeting this month the tourist arrivals are expected to hit one million by the end of November.

Sri Lanka fulfilled its target of one million tourist arrivals last year and earned over US$ 1 billion from tourism.
The country targets 2.5 million tourist arrivals by 2016.






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