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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 11.9 percent in June 2015

Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 11.9 percent in June 2015

Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 11.9 percent in June this year compared to the same period last year, the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

 

According to Colombo Page, the month recorded 115,467 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 103,175 arrived in June 2014.

In the first six months of this year 830,051 tourists visited the island, an increase of 14.1 percent compared to the 727,353 recorded for the same period in 2014.

Arrivals from North America increased marginally by 2.0 percent to 7,028 in June. Arrivals from US were up 7.4 percent to 3,363 while arrivals from Canada declined by 2.5 percent to 3,365 during the month.

Tourist arrivals from Western Europe increased 19.7 percent in June with the arrival of 27,776 tourists, compared to the 23,205 tourists arrived in the same month last year. Most of the tourist arrivals from Western Europe were from Germany recording 30.5 percent increase in the month.

Arrivals from Eastern Europe increased 22.3 percent with the arrival of 5,271 tourists in June 2015 compared to the 4,309 arrived in June 2014. However, tourist arrivals from Eastern Europe declined this year by 11.4 percent due to the economic recession in Russia and the crisis in Ukraine.

Arrivals from Middle East declined significantly by 46.6 percent with 5,282 visitors arriving in June 2015.

Tourist arrivals from East Asia increased 19.2 percent as 26,217 visited the country compared to the 22,000 visited in June 2014. Arrivals from China compared to last year increased 85.6 percent with the arrival of 15,487 visitors. Arrivals from all other countries in the region including Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, The Philippines and Thailand declined.

Arrivals from South Asia increased by 19.5 percent as 36,972 tourists visited the island in June 2015. Of those arrived from South Asia, 25,860 were from India corresponding to an increase of 29.9 percent.

In the first four months of this year Earnings from Tourism increased by 12.5 percent and Sri Lanka earned US$ 956.8 million from tourism compared to the cumulative earning of US$ 850.3 million during the corresponding period of 2014.

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