Tuesday, December 14, 2010

TOURISM ARRIVAL FIGURE PASSES 600,000 MARK

December 14, 2010: A landmark in the island's tourism will be recorded today with the arrival of a group from London that will see tourist arrivals to Sri Lanka surpassing the 600,000 mark.

“This is a very significant event for tourism in Sri Lanka,” said Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, speaking to Newsfirst.

“By end November last year, only 447,890 had arrived as tourists, but this year, it rose to 569,849. Going by the month of November, the increase in arrivals was 63 per cent, and today, with the arrival of the flight from London around 4pm, the arrival figure for this year will surpass the 600,000 mark,” said Minister Yapa.

He observed that in the month of November alone, 71,151 tourists had arrived in Sri Lanka and the percentages of the increase by regions were: Europe – 50.5; Middle East - 60; India – 51 and North America – 19.5.

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