Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 31 percent

Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals reached a record highest rising 31.2 percent in July this year compared to the same period last year, the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.
The month recorded 175,804 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 133,971 arrived in July 2014.

In the first seven months of this year 1,005,855 tourists visited the island, an increase of 16.8 percent compared to the 861,324 recorded for the same period in 2014.

Arrivals from North America increased 12.8 percent to 8,158 in July. Arrivals from US were up 19.1 percent to 4,161 while arrivals from Canada increased 6.8 percent to 3,997 during the month. For the year arrivals from North America increased 15.2 percent.

Tourist arrivals from Western Europe increased 18.3 percent in July with the arrival of 64,905 tourists, compared to the 54,857 tourists arrived in the same month last year. Most of the tourist arrivals from Western Europe were from the UK recording 23.7 percent increase in the month.

Arrivals from Eastern Europe increased 16.7 percent with the arrival of 7,378 tourists in July 2015 compared to the 6,323 arrived in July 2014. However, tourist arrivals from Eastern Europe declined this year by 9.5 percent due to the economic recession in Russia and the crisis in Ukraine.

Arrivals from Middle East declined significantly by 167.6 percent with 16,053 visitors arriving in July 2015 compared to the 5,998 arrived a year ago.

Tourist arrivals from East Asia increased 37.8 percent as 35,572 visited the country compared to the 25,810 visited in July 2014. Arrivals from China compared to last year increased 65.5 percent with the arrival of 25,120 visitors while arrivals from Japan declined 12.7 percent.

Arrivals from South Asia increased by 36.3 percent as 36,360 tourists visited the island in July 2015. Of those arrived from South Asia, 24,681 were from India corresponding to an increase of 28.0 percent.