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Friday, March 14, 2014 - 05.47 GMT

Tourist arrivals up by 24.5 percent in February


Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals increased by 24.5 percent in February this year compared to the same period in 2013, the data released Wednesday by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

The month recorded 141,878 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 113,968 arrived in February 2013.

Arrivals from North America rose by 4.9 percent with 5,489 visitors for the month of February. Tourist arrivals from Canada increased 11.4 percent in February.

Tourist arrivals from Western Europe reached 52,635 during the second month of the year, rising 15.7 percent.

Arrivals from Eastern Europe increased 55.5 percent with the arrival of 22,927 tourists for the month while arrivals from Russia topped 9,723 risen by 92.0 percent.

Tourist arrivals from Middle East rose in February by 16.8 percent to 4,919.

The second month of the year recorded 25,065 East Asians as arriving in the island, an increase of 31.2 percent. China recorded a 63.9 percent increase with the arrival of 10,319 in February.

Arrivals from South Asia increased by 22.9 percent in February 2014 with 25,979 tourists visiting the island while, arrivals from India increased by 21.5 percent 17,534 in the second month.

Sri Lanka met its tourist arrival target of 1.2 million for the year 2013 with the numbers risen by 26.7 percent from the 1,005,605 arrived in 2012 and earning US$ 1.23 billion in the first 11 months of 2013.





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