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Sri Lanka's July Tourist Arrivals Up 25.2 Pct

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Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka jumped 25.2 percent year-on-year in July, government data showed, with the number of foreign visitors rising for the 63rd straight month.

The number of visitors in July was 133,971, up from 107,016 in 2013.

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

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)