Published on : Wednesday, November 30, 2016
Jameson Wong, Director Business Development for the Asia-Pacific region at ForwardKeys, a travel data company, said that the number of Chinese visiting Sri Lanka had grown by 29 percent in the year-to-date.
He was speaking at the Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference held in Colombo.
The two-day Asia Hotel and Tourism Investment Conference concluded in Colombo on Tuesday with several of Asia’s leading hotel investors from 19 countries discussing the investment potential of Sri Lanka and other destinations around the Indian Ocean.
Wong said Russian travelers to Sri Lanka were also rising while the overall number of tourists visiting the island had grown at double the rate of international tourist arrivals to the Asia-Pacific region.
More than 20,000 Chinese tourists arrived in Sri Lanka last month, up 19.8 percent from the same period last year.
An estimated 1.8 million tourists arrived in Sri Lanka last year, contributing 2.98 billion U.S. dollars to the government revenues.
The government expects to attract at least 3 million tourists by the end of this year, and it has set a target of 4 million by 2020.