Oct 10, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals declined in September by 2.3 percent compared to the same period last year, the data released today by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.
The month recorded 145,077 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 148,499 arrived in September 2016.
Cumulatively, in the first nine months of this year tourist arrivals increased by 2.9 percent with the arrival of 1,551,931 tourists compared to the 1,508,405 arrived during the same period last year.
Arrivals from North America fell 4.7 percent to 5,532 in September while the arrivals from Western Europe declined marginally by 0.9 percent to 39,610 during the month.
Arrivals from UK increased 2.5 percent with 12,593 tourists arriving in the island while 15.1 percent fewer tourists arrived from Germany in the month. Arrivals from France also declined by 7.4 percent to 4,637 while 31 percent more tourists visited from The Netherlands.
Arrivals from Eastern Europe declined by 21.8 percent with the arrival of 6,044 tourists in September 2017. Arrivals from Russia declined 35.4 percent during the month while 19.4 percent more Ukrainians arrived in the island.
Tourist arrivals from Middle East declined 19.3 percent with the arrival of 9,331 visitors.
Tourist arrivals from East Asia declined by 8.9 percent as 31,127 visited the country compared to the 34,150 visited in September 2016. Arrivals from China declined by 14.3 percent with 18,939 arriving last month.
Arrivals from South Asia increased 9.5 percent with 44,853 tourists visiting the island. Arrivals from India increased 26.6 percent to 34,481 compared to September 2016.
Although lower than the target of 2.2 million for the year, Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals in 2016 rose 14.0 percent with over 2.05 million tourists arrived in the island contributing US$ 3.52 billion of earnings to the government revenues.
Sri Lanka's Tourism Authority has set a target of 2.5 million tourist arrivals this year.