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Published on : Thursday, August 10, 2017
Sri Lanka has welcomed more than 1.2 million foreign tourists this year. Out of these, China has emerged as the largest source markets for Sri Lanka tourism, statistics from Sri Lanka’s Tourism Ministry revealed.
Sri Lanka Tourism Minister John Amaratunga told Xinhua that Sri Lanka was depending on the Chinese market to boost its tourist arrivals and the country was encouraging more Chinese to visit the island country.
The figures showed that over 160,000 Chinese tourists have visited Sri Lanka this year, while in July alone 28,445 Chinese tourists arrived in the island country.
A total of 271,577 Chinese visited Sri Lanka in 2016, making China the second-largest source market for Sri Lanka’s tourism, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority.
Thanks to direct air links between Colombo and several Chinese cities, more and more Chinese tourists are now attracted to Sri Lanka, the Tourism Minister said.
Sri Lankan Airlines recently enhanced services with the launch of a local direct-dial number for the airline’s customers throughout China.