Nearly 100,000 Chinese tourists so far this year add to the 888,353 total, 16% up on same period last year


Nearly 100,000 Chinese tourists have visited Sri Lanka so far this year, with 17,462 in April making China the third largest market after India and the UK, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reports.

Total tourist arrivals in April was 180,429, 12.6 up on the same period last year. By the end of April, visitors totaled 888,353, a 16.1 percent growth over last year.

Tourism minister John Amaratunga said that the government has signed an deal with a leading Chinese tour operator in a bid to boost the numbers even further.

He said that China is a key market for Sri Lankan tourism, and the country hopes to attract over 300,000 Chinese tourists by the end of this year.

He added that the government will target total revenues of US$4.4 billion from tourism in 2018.

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