Sri Lanka tourist arrivals fall 2.3-pct in September

Posted on 09 October 2017 by admin

 


ECONOMYNEXT – Tourist arrivals into Sri Lanka fell in September 2017 from a year ago mainly because of lower arrivals from big markets like China and Germany although the number of visitors from India, the biggest market, grew strongly. 

Total arrivals fell 2.3% to 145,077 in September 2017 from the year before, data from the tourism office showed. 

The biggest fall was in Germany, the second biggest European market, from where arrivals fell 15.1% to 8,574 while arrivals from China fell 14.3% to 18,939. 

Arrivals from China in the nine months to September are lower this year while those from Germany are stagnant. 

The number of visitors from India, grew 26.6% in September 2017 to 34,481 from a year ago and are up 6.1% to 267,601 so far this year. 

(COLOMBO, October 9, 2017)

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