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Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals up in August 2013

Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals up in August 2013
Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals up in August 2013

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Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals up by 26.1 % in August 2013 from a year earlier to 100,224, with India, Germany and China surging, official data showed.Arrivals up to August were up 14.3 percent to 711,446.
Indian arrivals, the largest source market, rose 29.2 percent to 14,528 in August showing strong growth for the second month in a row after bucking a near two year trend in lackluster performance.

Arrivals were up despite a weaker Indian rupee, which could indicate that other destinations, where greater distances are involved, have become even less affordable, analysts say.

South Asian arrivals rose 35.9 percent to 22,208 with Maldives rising 32.1 percent to 4,668 and Pakistan rising 96.5 percent.
South Asian arrivals were up 12.6 percent to 168,796 so far this year.
Arrivals from Western Europe rose 19.3 percent to 38,951, with Germany up 35 percent to 8,318 and UK, the top market from the region up 6.9 percent to 12,353.

China had become Sri Lanka’s largest source market in the region during the past 12 months, but in August the previous leader Japan, rose 33.5 percent to 4,407.

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