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* Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 32.6 percent in January
Thu, Feb 6, 2014, 02:02 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Feb 05, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals jumped by 32.6 percent in Jnauary this year compared to the same period in 2013, the data released Wednesday by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

The month recorded 146,575 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 110,543 arrived in January 2013.

Arrivals from North America rose by 22.4 percent with 6,909 visitors for the month of January. Tourist arrivals from the US increased 31.5 percent in January while 12.7 percent more arrived from Canada.

Tourist arrivals from Western Europe reached 46,301 during the first month of the year rising 17.9 percent.

Arrivals from Eastern Europe increased 63.6 percent with the arrival of 24,837 tourists for the month while arrivals from Russia topped 10,700 risen by 91.6 percent.

Tourist arrivals from Middle East rose in January by 9.7 percent to 6,842.

The first month of the year recorded 25,823 East Asians as arriving in the island, an increase of 95.6 percent. China recorded a 223.9 percent increase with the arrival of 10,779 in January.

Arrivals from South Asia increased by 14.6 percent in January 2014 with 28,392 tourists visiting the island while, arrivals from India increased only 5.6 percent 17,886 in the first month.

Sri Lanka met its tourist arrival target of 1.2 million for the year 2013wih the numbers risen by 26.7 percent from the 1,005,605 arrived in 2012 and earning US$ 1.23 billion in the first 11 months of 2013.

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