Courtesy: ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.
Mar 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 19.4 percent in February this year compared to the same period last year, the data released today by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.
The month recorded 197,697tourists arriving in the country compared to the 165,541 arrived in February 2015.
In the first two months of this year 391,977 tourists visited the island, an increase of 21.8 percent compared to the same period in 2015.
Arrivals from North America rose 24.0 percent to 8,372 in February and the arrivals from US rose 23.1 percent to 4,851 during the month.
Tourist arrivals from Western Europe reached 73,533 during the month rising 21.0 percent from the 60,777 tourists arrived in the same month last year.
Arrivals from Eastern Europe increased 25.5 percent with the arrival of 21,745 tourists in February 2015. Arrivals from Russia rose 2.5 percent during the month after falling 9.5 percent last month compared to 2015. Arrivals from Ukraine jumped 133.2 in the month to 4,261 from 1,827 in February 2015.
Tourist arrivals from Middle East increased 4.8 percent with 4,896 visitors.
Tourist arrivals from East Asia increased 11.3 percent as 46,632 visited the country while arrivals from China increased 17.4 percent with 32,186 tourists arriving in the country in February 2016.
Arrivals from South Asia in the month increased by 24.8 percent with 36,216 tourists visiting the island. Of those arrived from South Asia, 26,559 were from India corresponding to an increase of 32.8 percent. However, arrivals from Pakistan declined by 21.4 percent.
Nearly 1.8 million tourists arrived in Sri Lanka last year contributing US$ 2.86 billion of earnings to the government revenues in 2015 compared to US$ 2.43 billion recorded during 2014.
The Tourism Authority has set a target of 2.5 million tourist arrivals this year.