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Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Up Nearly 25 Percent

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Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka jumped 24.5 percent year-on-year in February, government data showed, with the number of foreign visitors rising for the 58th straight month since the near-three-decade civil war ended in May 2009.

Total arrivals hit record highs in 2013, while revenue from the island nation's leisure sector also hit a record.

The February 2014 number of 141,878 arrivals compares with a 113,968 figure for the same month in 2013.

Tourism is one of the main foreign exchange earners for Sri Lanka's USD$67 billion economy, with the garment and tea industries, and remittances from expatriate workers accounting for the rest.

(Reuters)