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Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority says Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals have risen marginally by 0.2 percent in November this year compared to the same period last year, surpassing 1.8 million arrivals for the year.

The month recorded 167,511 tourists arriving in the country and an overall increase of 2.5 percent has been recorded in the first eleven months of this year.

Arrivals from the U.S. have increased by 9.9 percent while tourist arrivals from China increased 3.5 percent and arrivals from South Asia declined by 2.7 percent.

According to the Central Bank, earnings from tourism grew by 2.9 percent, year-on-year to an estimated US$ 2.66 billion in the first nine months of 2017.

Nearly 1.8 million tourists arrived in Sri Lanka last year contributing US$ 2.86 billion of earnings to the government.

Sri Lanka’s Tourism Authority has set a target of 2.5 million tourist arrivals this year.