Chinese tourists boost inbound numbers in Sri Lanka

Published on : Thursday, March 26, 2015

SrilankaSri Lankan Tourism received a boost in tourist arrivals recording a 6.6 per cent growth in 2015. According to an official data by the Central Bank the country has gained $248.7 million USD in 2015 against the same period last year.


The number of tourist arrivals has grown at a steady pace with 156,246 in January 2015 from 146,575 in January 2014.


Sri Lanka’s was visited mostly by tourists from India, Britain, China, Germany and Russia with total visitation accounting to 43.3 per cent of total arrivals in January 2015.


Chinese tourists beat British tourists and were recorded as the second largest visitors to Sri Lanka which was a direct 85.6 per cent more from last year. There was an increase of 39,160 in 2015 over 21,098 in February 2014, a plumb 28,622 more arrivals over British tourists.


Overall the month recorded 165,541 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 141,878 arrivals in February 2014.


An increase of 11.6 per cent was recorded compared to the same period in 2014, with 321,787 tourist arrivals in the first two months of the year.



Chinese arrivals have been consistently growing since their New Year with an 8.9 per cent growth in January. In the first month 11,735 arrivals were recorded in 2015 over 10,779 in January 2014.


Chinese tourists have become globe trotters and are exploring every region. Since the past two years Chinese tourists have recorded increased arrivals in Sri Lanka. In 2013 only 54,288 visited Sri Lanka but by the end of the year the numbers grew to an enormous 128,166, which was an impressive 136.1 percent high.


But according to Central Bank the largest visitors to Sri Lanka are from India. Sri Lanka has been observing a tourism boom since 2009 and arrivals had touched a high of 1.5 million in the last year. The country earned 1.7 billion USD.


The country targets 2.5 million arrivals in 2016 which would be eminently possible going by the surge of Chinese arrivals to the Emerald Island.

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