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* Sri Lanka tourist arrivals rise nearly 40 percent in April
Wed, May 7, 2014, 08:29 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

May 07, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose by 39.5 percent in April this year compared to the same period in 2013, the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.

The month recorded 112,631 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 80,737 arrived in April 2013.

In the first four months of this year a total of 534,132 tourists arrived in the island recording a 27.6 percent increase from the 418,456 came during the corresponding period in 2013.

Arrivals from North America rose by 13.7 percent with 23,954 visitors for the first four months in the year while tourist arrivals from Western Europe rose18.5 percent to 181,129.

Arrivals from Eastern Europe increased 51.5 percent with the arrival of 77,265 tourists for the year while arrivals from Russia increased by 81.1 percent to 34,347.

Tourist arrivals from Middle East rose in April by 24.8 percent to 5,302 and for the year 23,692 tourists arrived from the region.

The first four months of the year 91,055 East Asians arrived in the island, an increase of 54.7 percent. China recorded a 135.9 percent increase with the arrival of 36,803in the first four months of the year while for April 170.5 percent more tourists arrived from China compared to last year.

Arrivals from South Asia increased by 20.0 percent in the year with 112,232tourists visiting the island while, arrivals from India increased 20.3 percent to 71,346 in April.

In the first four months of the year, 17,699Australians arrived in the country, a 11.8 percent increase from the previous year.

Sri Lanka met its tourist arrival target of 1.2 million for the year 2013wih the numbers up 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. Sri Lanka has earned US$ 416.8 million from tourism in the first two months of this year, an increase of 37.9 percent compared to last year.

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