While reaching a total tourist count of 46,942 for today, the country shows an increase in the number of tourists, Civil Aviation Authority of Sri Lanka (AASL) Chairman Upul Dharmadasa said.
He told the Daily Mirror that nearly 3,000 tourists were arriving in the country daily as tourists, and nearly 22 airlines were currently operating to bring them.
Mr. Dharmadasa said several more airlines have agreed to bring tourists into the country this year.
In line with the tourist arrivals, the charges of tourist hotels and rooms have increased, and the room charges of certain hotels in Tangalle have increased to Rs. 50,000 per night, he said.
"The hotel and room charges in the country have skyrocketed," Mr. Dharmadasa said.
He said the foreigners came mainly from five countries. The highest number of foreigners who have visited from Russia with 9,866, 4,697 tourists from Britain, 4,241 from Ukraine, 3,784 from India and 3,737 tourists from the Netherlands. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama and T.K.G. Kapila)