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* Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up by 24.5 percent in February
Fri, Mar 14, 2014, 09:33 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Mar 14, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose by 24.5 percent in February this year compared to the same period in 2013, the data released Friday by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

The month recorded 141,878 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 113,968 arrived in February 2013.

In the first two months of this year a total of 288,453 tourists arrived in the island recording a 28.5 percent increase from the 224,511 came during the corresponding period in 2013.

Arrivals from North America rose by 14.0 percent with 12,398 visitors for the first two months in the year while 98,936 tourist arrivals were recorded from Western Europe rising 16.7 percent.

Arrivals from Eastern Europe increased 55.5 percent with the arrival of 22,927 tourists for the month while arrivals from Russia increased by 92.0 percent to 9,723.

Tourist arrivals from Middle East rose in February by 16.8 percent to 4,919.

The first two months of the year recorded 50,88 East Asians as arriving in the island, an increase of 57.6 percent. China recorded a 119.2 percent increase with the arrival of 21,098 in the first two months of the year.

Arrivals from South Asia increased by 22.9 percent in February 2014 with 25,979 tourists visiting the island while, arrivals from India increased 21.5 percent to 17,534 in February.

In the first two months of the year, 8,903 Australians arrived in the country, a 12.9 percent increase from the previous year.

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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