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Friday, 28 December 2012 - 12:44
Sri Lanka sees surge of visitors from China
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Chinese visitors to Sri Lanka has surged 164 percent to 3,353 in November 2012 with total visitors in the first 12 months up 46 percent to 22 thousand 176.

Sri Lanka's tourist promotion agency has been pushing for Chinese visitors with growing affluence in the country following nearly five years of steady currency appreciation.

In neighboring Maldives, Chinese arrivals have been a lifeline to the tourism industry which has been hit by declining arrivals from Europe.

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