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UK replaces India as largest tourist source in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has grown by 7.7% in March, after growth of 10.9% in the first two months.

The island saw a total of 98,155 foreign visitors, with the largest proportion from Western Europe, however the arrivals from neighbouring India slumped.

Arrivals from Western Europe rose 10% in March to 44,008, with numbers from the UK rising by 8.8% to 13,088, replacing India as the largest source of tourists.

South Asian arrivals fell by 6.7% to 19,261 with arrivals from India dropping by 18.1% to 11,789.

Sri Lankan Airlines recently cut the number of flights to Tamil Nadu after a drop in passengers, and state-owned Mihin Lanka cancelled all its flights to the state.

Germany’s arrivals are up 16.3% to 9,145 and France increased 7% to 6,973.

See more detailed figures here.

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