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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals grow in February

IANS  |  Colombo 

Tourist arrivals to exceeded 200,000 in February, a 19.3 percent growth compared to the same period last year, mainly due to a strong rise from China, statistics from the Ministry showed on Friday.

emerged as the leading market for incoming tourists, followed by and the United Kingdom, reports

A total of 35,929 tourists arrived from in February, a 42.3 percent increase from the same period last year. recorded over 32,000 tourists while over 23,000 arrived from the

So far this year, 474,542 tourists have visited Sri Lanka, a 13.8 percent growth compared to last year.

Region wise, continued to be the largest source of tourist traffic to with a 52 percent growth followed by and Pacific with a 41 growth. recorded a 5 percent growth and the a 2 percent growth.

Minister said the country hoped to attract at least 1 million tourists from per year by 2020.

Overall Sri Lanka received more than 2.3 million tourists last year, the highest ever in history.

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First Published: Fri, March 09 2018. 17:22 IST
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