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Sri Lanka's tourism industry grows 35.8%

Staff writer ▼ | July 16, 2014
Earnings from Sri Lanka's lucrative tourism industry in the first five months of 2014 amounted to $901.8 million, a 35.8 percent rise over the same period last year, the central bank said.
Sri Lanka tourism
Sri Lanka tourismEarnings from Sri Lanka's lucrative tourism industry in the first five months of 2014 amounted to $901.8 million, a 35.8 percent rise over the same period last year, the central bank said.


Meanwhile, latest data from state-run Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) said the number of Chinese tourists to Sri Lanka in the firs

t six months of 2014 jumped by a significant 137.2 percent year on year to 52,230. Last month, China remained the country's third largest tourist market, behind India and Britain, with Chinese tourist arrivals up 125.1 percent on year to 8,345. China also was the fastest growing market to the south Asian island in terms of number of arrivals, easily outstripping Indonesia with 76.9 percent and Russia with 74.8 percent.

The tropical island aims to attract 2.5 million tourists by 2016, buoyed by fast increasing number of travelers from China.d.


 

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