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Tourist arrivals rise

Jul 11, 2010 5:16:34 AM - itnnews.lk

Tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka rose 47.9 percent to 44,730 in June 2010 from a year earlier, with strong growth from South Asia, Western Europe and North American.

Data from the Tourism Office showed that more tourists had come from Western Europe, Northern America and the South Asian region. Arrivals from Western Europe rose 36.6 percent to 13,881 in the off-peak season. The UK sent 6,262 visitors in June, up 6.4 percent while Germany sent 1,880 tourists, up 64.7 percent. Arrivals from the Middle East were up 104.6 percent while East Asia the figure was up 44.1 percent.

Visitors from South Asia were up 44 percent to 15,090. India generated 10,589 tourists, up 73 percent, Maldives 3,261, down 4.8 percent and Pakistan 943, up 34 percent. Australia generated 2,556 visitors, up 62 percent. Sri Lanka has seen a revival in tourism after a 30-year war ended in May 2009.