Tourist arrivals increases by 26.1 percent

Tourists arriving at the Colombo airport. Picture by Sumanachandra Ariyawansac

Earnings from tourism have increased by 26.1% to US dollars 180.7 million in May 2015, compared to US dollars 143.3 million in May 2014. According to Central Bank data tourist arrivals increased by 26.1 percent, year- on- year, to 113,529 in May 2015 from 90,046 in May 2014. The top five sources of tourist arrivals in May 2015 were India, China, UK, Germany and France accounting for about 49.8 percent of tourist arrivals during the month.

Tourist arrivals recorded a growth of 11.9 percent, year-on-year, in June 2015, with 115,467 tourists arriving during the month. Consequently, the cumulative tourist arrivals during the first six months of 2015 increased by 14.1 percent to 830,051 compared to the corresponding period of 2014.

The cumulative earnings from tourism increased to US dollars 1,321.4 million during the first six months of 2015 compared to US dollars 1,157.9 million recorded during the same period in 2014.

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