Aug 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals increased by 19.1 percent in July this year compared to the same period last year exceeding one million tourists arrivals so far this year.
The data released today by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed the month recording 209,351 tourist arrivals to the country compared to the 175,804 arrived in July 2015.
In the first seven months of this year 1,173,618 tourists visited the island compared to the 1,005,855 visited in the corresponding period of 2015, recording an increase of 16.7 percent.
Tourist arrivals from North America increased by 25.6 percent to 10,249 in July while 77,862 people visited from Western Europe registering a 20 percent increase in arrivals during the month. Most of the tourists came from UK (23,948), Germany (10,971) and France (10,949).
Reversing the 10 percent decline observed last month, arrivals from Eastern Europe increased by 1.3 percent with the arrival of 7,472 tourists in July 2015. However, tourist arrivals from Russia and Ukraine continued to decline with the arrivals from Russia down by 9.7 percent and from Ukraine by 25 percent. Arrivals from Czech Republic increased by 17.5 percent.
Tourist arrivals from Middle East rose by 15.8 percent with the arrival of 18,591 visitors.
Tourist arrivals from East Asia increased 20.6 percent as 42,890 visited the country while arrivals from China increased 21.9 percent with 30,631 tourists arriving in the country in July 2016.
Arrivals from South Asia in the month increased by 17.1 percent with 42,568 tourists visiting the island. Of those arrived from South Asia, 27,665 were from India corresponding to an increase of 12.1 percent.
Nearly 1.8 million tourists arrived in Sri Lanka last year contributing US$ 2.98 billion of earnings to the government revenues in 2015 compared to US$ 2.43 billion recorded during 2014.
Cumulative earnings from tourism increased to US$ 1.402 billion during the first five months of 2016 compared to US$ 1.184 billion recorded during the same period in 2015.