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Sri Lanka sees downward trend of Chinese tourists (2)

(Xinhua)    20:24, June 16, 2015

Li Ming, who had arrived in Sri Lanka from the Chinese province of Sichuan, and had traveled to "World's End," a famous tourist spot in the country, he wasted nearly four hours on a 200 km road stretch from Kandy in the Central Province, mainly due to overcrowded roads.

Another Chinese tourist, Zhang Liang said he was highly inconvenienced by the heavy traffic between tourist spots and complained that Chinese tourists had been robbed several times in the past, which had created paranoia about crime among travelers.

Furthermore, Chinese tourists have also complained of a lack of Chinese-speaking tour guides who can communicate with the travelers about most of the scenic spots on the island.

Many travelers also said that infrastructure and road facilities have to be developed and more hotel rooms have to be created to cater to the increasing number of Chinese tourists arriving on the island nation in the future.

According to the statistics from the Central Bank of Sri Lanka, since the end of the 30 year-long conflict in 2009, Sri Lanka's tourism industry had witnessed a booming development. So far, China has become the fastest nation of tourists to visit Sri Lanka. Last year, Sri Lanka received 1.5 million tourist arrivals and earned 1.7 billion U.S. dollars from tourism. The Tourism Authority has set a target of 2.5 million tourist arrivals by 2016 due to a positive outlook of Chinese tourists arriving in the country.


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