Tourist arrivals up by 46%

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Sri Lanka tourist arrivals for the month of January went up 46.2 to 74, 197 compared with the same month of the previous year, the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority said.

Arrivals from Western Europe were up 53.7 percent to 32, 627 while arrivals from South Asia were 17, 900, up from 42.9 percent.

Tourist from France has gone up by 100 percent to 4544 while arrivals from The Netherlands and Sweden went up by 103 and 287 percent respectively.

  Comments - 23

  • Thomas Wednesday, 16 February 2011 03:50 AM

    ZEENA, has been given Bail, to promote tourism to Sri Lanka, by providing real entertainment to the would be Tourists.

    Anushka Tuesday, 15 February 2011 12:49 PM

    err... I don't think tourists from France and Sweden (who have increased 2x and 3x) come here for the world cup.

    Giri Tuesday, 15 February 2011 12:50 PM

    Thanks to all the diaspora Tamils visiting families in Lanka, they are also considered as tourists because of their nationalities.

    MagodisThuma Tuesday, 15 February 2011 01:24 PM

    Most of them say Sri Lanka is Very Expensive !.

    Ane Manda Tuesday, 15 February 2011 01:50 PM

    It shuold be expensive since Gina is closed for Business.

    lokkalk Tuesday, 15 February 2011 01:58 PM

    err... world cup did not start yet... :P

    Samara Tuesday, 15 February 2011 02:01 PM

    This report says thta 13,000 Indians came as Tourists & are most from a country. how to find whether they are tourists or egg/coconut sellers ?

    AJ - DXB Tuesday, 15 February 2011 04:22 PM

    I think these officials are counting the transit passengers as incoming tourists. Kabral is good in juggling numbers and he has given tution to others as well

    jey Tuesday, 15 February 2011 05:07 PM

    HAHAHA. I almost fell of my chair.

    pini Tuesday, 15 February 2011 08:40 PM

    hope they have got enough facilities

    Hash Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:12 AM

    err.. its the cricket world cup season...

    tharanga Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:15 AM

    don't take into account who came sri lanka to advice on resettlement and rehabilitation. :)

    Wara Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:25 AM

    Very good. Good that European tourists has gone up rather than Indian.

    Konde bendapu china Tuesday, 15 February 2011 10:41 AM

    2011 visit Srilanka will archive the targets

    Calistus Jayatilleke Tuesday, 15 February 2011 11:04 AM

    What, no tourists from our erstwhile friendly countries such as Iran, Myanmar, Vietnam etc. ? Do we still need Europeans?

    Wara Tuesday, 15 February 2011 11:07 AM

    You guess how many thousands of them ?? 10,000 or 20,000 ???

    Wara Tuesday, 15 February 2011 11:32 AM

    He must be worried about his friends. Poor Calistus !!

    KD Tuesday, 15 February 2011 11:45 AM

    Having lived in few western countries, I know it's not the common people but politicians in European countries danced to diaspora money. Mate You need learn how to look beyond your nose.

    Keerthi Wijebahu Wednesday, 16 February 2011 02:43 AM

    If you go to Hikkduwa beach and Unawatuna beach you can see a thousands of tourists from western countries selling coconuts and eggs there!!

    Ranjith Tuesday, 15 February 2011 12:19 PM

    Not Calistus, you must be really worried. Even your bosses rush to US or other western countries for any minor matter rather than flying to China, Myanmar, Libya, Iran or Myanmar

    Ranjith Tuesday, 15 February 2011 12:21 PM

    Rather than Chinese, North Koreans, Libyans, Iranians and Burmese

    Boru Sobana Wednesday, 16 February 2011 03:30 AM

    I think you would have counted the Sri lankans who works in middleast when they come down for their vacation as well OMG.


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