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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 19.4 percent in February 2016

Posted on 12 March 2016 by admin

Tourism Minister John amaratunga

Tourism Minister John amaratunga


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.

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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 16.7 percent in February 2015

Posted on 17 March 2015 by admin

Mar 09, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 16.7 percent in February this year compared to the same period last year, the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

The month recorded 165,541tourists arriving in the country compared to the 141,878 arrived in February 2014.

In the first two months of this year 321,787 tourists visited the island, an increase of 11.6 percent compared to the same period in 2014.

Arrivals from North America rose 23.0 percent to 6,750 in February and the arrivals form US rose 36.9 percent to 3,942 during the month.

Tourist arrivals from Western Europe reached 60,777 during the month, a 15.5 percent increase from the 52,635 tourists arrived in the same month last year.

Arrivals from Eastern Europe however, declined 24.4 percent with the arrival of 17,327 tourists in February 2015 while tourist arrivals from Middle East also declined by 5.0 percent with 4,673 visitors arriving.

Tourist arrivals from East Asia increased 67.2 percent as 41,907 visited the country compared to the 25,065 visited in February 2014. Arrivals from China compared to last year increased 165.8 percent with the arrival of 27,425 visitors.

Arrivals from South Asia increased by 11.7 percent with 29,011 tourists visiting the island in February 2015. Of those arrived from South Asia, 19,999were from India corresponding to an increase of 14.1 percent.

Sri Lanka exceeded its target of 1.5 million tourist arrivals last year and earned US$ 2.206 billion from tourism.

The Tourism Authority has set a target of 2 million tourist arrivals this year and 2.5 million by 2016.

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Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka tops 100,000 in October 2013

Posted on 19 November 2013 by admin

Courtesy: Vishmi Wijeratne – Daily News Tourists quenching their thirst with a thembili drink before embarking on a train ride to Kandy at the Fort Railway Station. Sri Lanka tourism arrivals has increased by 27.9 percent in October this year to 102,805, compared to last year's 80,379 arrivals. The monthly statement issued by the Sri Lanka Tourism Board shows an increase of tourism in each month this year. The highest percentage of monthly tourism arrivals up to date can be regarded for the month of October 2013. The amount of tourism arrivals from January to October is recorded as 904,015 which is a16.8 percent increase when compared YoY. The highest amount of tourist arrivals recorded from January to October in terms of region can be regarded as Western Europe, amounting up 336,493 which is a 14.7 percent increase compared YoY. South Asian tourist arrivals hold the highest place for the amount of tourist arrivals within the month of October listing a clear 30,512 tourist arrivals which is a 29.6 percent increase compared to October 2012. Tourist arrivals from Eastern Europe increased by 59 percent in the month of October up to 11,206 when compared to October 2012. This can be regarded as the highest increase in percentage in terms of monthly tourist arrivals per region. The highest tourist arrivals in the month of October in terms of country is recorded as India with 20,307 the highest increase in percentage of tourist arrivals is recorded as 250.8 percent from Sweden. The highest amount of arrivals from January to October is recorded from India resulting in 151, 896 arrivals this is a 8.7 percent increase compared YoY.

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SRI LANKA: Tourist arrivals show marginal increase

Posted on 19 November 2012 by admin

 

The Sri Lanka government set an aggressive target of 2.5 million tourist arrivals by 2016. In keeping with this forecast, the island nation recorded a consistent inflow of tourists in the first ten months of the year. For the first time, North American arrivals showed an increase of 21 percent to 46,963 with travellers from Canada leading the way. Arrivals from Latin America and the Caribbean rose 66.2 percent to 1,278 from 769 in 2011.

Tourist arrivals during the first ten months of this year increased by 16 percent to 774,151 in comparison to 667,569 recorded in the corresponding period last year, while the number of visitors in the month of October surged by 15.5 percent to 80,379 from 69,563, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority data showed.

Tourist arrivals from other countries also showed marked growth:

  • Arrivals from Western Europe increased 17 percent to 293,472 from 250,847 registered in January-October last year with arrivals from United Kingdom topping the list;
  • Travellers from Eastern Europe increased 51.6 percent to 50,087 from 33,031 with tourists from Russia leading.
  • Tourists from Africa increased 53.6 percent to 4,046 from 2,634 with arrivals from South Africa coming first, while travellers from West Asia declined 1.3 percent to 43,945 from 44,522.
  • Arrivals from East Asia increased 31.1 percent to 100,678 from 76,779 with travellers from Japan leading, the arrivals from South Asia increased 3.2 percent to 193,465 from 187,460 with tourists from neighbouring India leading.
  • Tourist arrivals from Australasia increased 23 percent to 40,217 from 32,700 with travellers from Australia leading the number of arrivals.


Several programmes to empower the SME sector are being finalized to provide better facilities to the arriving tourists, the government is in discussion with the World Bank to facilitate a grant of US$ 18 million to the SMEs in the hospitality sector which would reach 300 businesses. The growth momentum slowing down after two years of rapid growth is posing questions about the achievability of the government’s anticipated goals for 2016 with 2.5 million arrivals and US$ 2.75 billion targeted from the industry.

The country would need to sustain 30 percent growth in the number of arrivals to the country through the four years to achieve set goals, industrialists said.

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