News ID: 71282 |
Publish Date: 14:57 - 01 January 2017

Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rise by 16 percent in November

Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka rose by 16 percent in November compared with the same month in 2015 with India and China remaining the leading markets, statistics from the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority reported .

Sri LankaAccording to MANA, China recorded a 10.5 percent growth on a year-to-year basis as over 18,000 tourists visited Sri Lanka in November, while India recorded a 2.5 percent growth from the same month last year, with over 30,000 visitors arriving.

In total over 1.8 million tourists have arrived in the island country this year and the government has said it hopes to achieve a target of at least 2 million tourists by year end.

China, which has become the second largest source of tourists to Sri Lanka, has helped improve the island nation's tourism industry.
Last year, Sri Lanka attracted 200,000 Chinese tourists.

The Sri Lankan government has set a target of attracting 4 million tourists by 2020.
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