Published on : Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Sri Lanka attracted over 2,70,000 Chinese tourists in 2016, statistics from the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau indicated. China recorded the strongest growth of 26.4 percent compared to the previous year.
About 271,577 tourists from China visited Sri Lanka in 2016 with 19,318 tourists alone in the month of December.
In 2015, 214,783 Chinese tourists arrived in Sri Lanka, making China the second largest country with the most number of tourist arrivals.
India recorded a 12.8 percent growth, with 356,729 tourists arriving in Sri Lanka in 2016. In 2015, over 300,000 Indian tourists arrived in Sri Lanka.
India remains the largest market with the most number of tourist arrivals.
In total 2.05 million tourists arrived in Sri Lanka last year, falling short of the expected 2.2 million tourists.