Sri Lanka Tourist Arrivals Up 13.4 Percent

March 13, 2013

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Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals rose 13.4 percent year-on-year in January, government data showed, with the number of foreign visitors rising for the 45th straight month since a 25-year civil war ended in May 2009.

The number of foreign visitors jumped to 97,411 in the first month of the year from 85,874 recorded in the same month of 2012.

Arrivals hit a record high of over 1 million last year with annual revenue from tourism also jumping to an all-time peak of USD$1.04 billion, exceeding government estimates.