Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 24.3 percent in January this year compared to the same period last year, the data released today by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed.
The month recorded 194,280 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 156,246 arrived in January 2015.
Arrivals from North America rose 17.3 percent to 9,160 in January and the arrivals from US rose 17.2 percent to 5,144 during the month.
Tourist arrivals from Middle East increased 14.7 percent with 10,109 visitors.
Tourist arrivals from East Asia increased 48.1 percent as 38,807 visited the country compared to the 26,198 visited in January 2015. Arrivals from China increased 122.3 percent with 26,083 tourists arriving in the country last month. Arrivals from South Asia this year increased by 20.7 percent with 40,051 tourists visiting the island. Of those arrived from South Asia, 28,895 were from India corresponding to an increase of 25.9 percent this year. However, arrivals from Pakistan declined by 28.5 percent.