The number of tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka went up 18.0 % to 157,051in the month of March 2015, compared to March 2014 which was only 133,048, according to the latest figures released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA).
In the first three months of this year 478,838 tourists visited the island, an increase of 13.6 percent compared to the 421,501 recorded for the same period in 2014.
Arrivals from North America rose 24.1 percent to 7,500 in March and the arrivals form US were up 27.7 percent to 4,342 during the month.
Tourist arrivals from Western Europe reached 57,094 during the month, a 27.4 percent increase from the 44,824 tourists arrived in the same month last year.
Arrivals from Middle East rose 29.6 percent with 8,594 visitors arriving in March 2015.
Tourist arrivals from East Asia increased 25.9 percent as 27,378 visited the country compared to the 21,751visited in March 2014.
Arrivals from China compared to last year increased 81.5 percent with the arrival of 13,975 visitors.
Arrivals from South Asia increased by 14.8 percent as 34,343 tourists visited the island in March 2015. Of those arrived from South Asia, 21,838 were from India corresponding to an increase of 16.6 percent.
The Tourism Authority has set a target of 2 million tourist arrivals this year and 2.5 million by 2016.