Arrivals to Sri Lanka have increased by 18.1% in September, compared to the same month last year, according to the tourist promotion office.
Figures for the first 9 months have increased by 16%, to 693,772, compared to the previous year, reported LBO.
Visitors from Western Europe were behind most of the increase, with German visitors increasing by 46% and the so far disappointing British market showing an increase of 9.1%, compared to last September.
However, arrivals from Sri Lanka’s closest neighbour India, only increased by 4.2% compared to last September, with figures since January, only up by 1.3%.
Visitors from East Asia rose by 21.4% and from North America by 29.9%.
Figures showed that arrivals from the Middle East fell by 13%, while 48.2% more Russians visited the island.
Following the violent scenes of Tamil 'Boycott Sri Lankan Cricket' activists being assaulted by Sri Lankan cricket fans, on Monday night outside the Oval in London, Tamil Guardian spoke to one of the organisers, Thusiyan.
University Tamil societies from across the UK have released a statement condemning the racist attacks outside the Oval on Monday.
21 Tamil societies joined together to denounce the attacks and commend the peaceful campaign of the activists,
The Secretary of the Ministry of External Affairs, Karunathilake Amunugama said that through the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, the 'correct image of Sri Lanka could be depicted to the international'.