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Figures released by Sri Lanka's Tourism Authority showed that 68,830 Indians visited Sri Lanka between January and May this year, up 54.5 percent over the same period last year, Xinhua reports.

British tourists came second with their number growing 7.1 percent to 41,474 in the first five months of this year.

The number of Pakistani tourists jumped an astounding 98.1 percent to 6,027. It has been attributed mostly to Pakistani nationals visiting to watch cricket matches in the island nation.

Sri Lanka has seen an upsurge in tourist arrivals since the end to the armed conflict with the Tamil Tiger rebels.

Around 650,000 tourists arrived in the island country last year, and the figure is expected to increase by 100,000 this year. (IANS)
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  • Sammy Sunday, 12 June 2011 04:12 AM

    How are they in terms of foreign exchange earnings for SL? Volumes alone does not matter.

    Einstein Sunday, 12 June 2011 05:06 AM

    Sri Lankan tourists going to India will be several times more.

    SL tamil Boy Saturday, 11 June 2011 10:34 AM

    uk arrivals all tamis from north and east..

    p.Lam Saturday, 11 June 2011 11:23 AM

    SRI LANKANS THINK THAT TAMIL NADU IS PART OF INDIAN STATES.NOT

    TMA Monday, 13 June 2011 06:08 AM

    So is this our tourism boost? This is really funny :))

    amir Saturday, 11 June 2011 12:45 PM

    why not come and see how man white tourist come and visit sri lanka? tamil boy ..

    DN Saturday, 11 June 2011 02:34 PM

    Most of Indian tourists are relations or friends of Indians who work in Sri Lanka. Most the time they stay with friends (not in hotels) and spend very little. But they are very important to our tourist board to show numbers but not for the revenue.

    Bamba Saturday, 11 June 2011 03:00 PM

    The majority of these tourist are businessmen.

    sunny Saturday, 11 June 2011 02:58 PM

    No of heads do not count on successful tourism but good figures. Tourist board people please wake up!!

    Sam Saturday, 11 June 2011 03:37 PM

    Take a room in Hilton, eat kottu from Pettah

    ag Sunday, 12 June 2011 05:31 PM

    Cheap buggers .. Sorry beggars!

    UK TAMIL BOY Saturday, 11 June 2011 09:09 AM

    INDIANS THINK THAT SRI LANKA IS PART OF INDIAN STATES.

    Noah Saturday, 11 June 2011 09:13 AM

    Apoo,, Cheap tourists

    citizen1 Sunday, 12 June 2011 01:40 AM

    ...and arrogant.

    citizen1 Sunday, 12 June 2011 01:41 AM

    Top class my foot!

    local boy Saturday, 11 June 2011 09:48 AM

    how many were return back?

    Sabir Wadood Saturday, 11 June 2011 10:13 AM

    you are our proud neighbors and most welcome.


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