Sri Lanka’s tourism sector records a 19.3 percent increase in tourist arrivals in February 2018
Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau has noted that tourist arrivals to the country have increased by 19.3 percent from a year earlier to 235,618 in February 2018.
Official data has also revealed that there is a surge in the number of visitors to Sri Lanka from China.
According to reports, the top 10 tourism generating markets have accounted for nearly 70 percent of all tourist arrivals into Sri Lanka in February.
Tourists from China, currently the top generating market, has increased by 42.3 percent to 35,929 in February while Indian visitors have recorded a 25 percent increase from a year earlier to 32,914.
Arrivals from the UK have recorded a grown of 18 percent to 23,817. Germany has grown 16 percent to 17,066 and France has risen to 21.3 percent to 16,871.
Russian tourists have also increased 22.3 percent to 11,043. The United States has grown by 22.7 percent to 5,984 and Australia by 27 percent to 5,693.
Also, tourists from Japan have increased 10.6 percent to 5,263 and Ukraine by 20.8 percent to 5,138.
The 19.3 percent increase in tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka in February 2018 when compared with a year ago indicates the continuous growth in the country’s tourism sector. Given the growth momentum in Sri Lanka’s tourism industry, it would be worthwhile for foreign investors to consider investments in the country’s leisure and hospitality industry. The Sri Lankan government is currently engaged in an aggressive tourism promotion campaign overseas as well.
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