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* Plans to develop Sri Lanka's North and East as tourist destinations
Mon, Apr 19, 2010, 11:50 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 19, Colombo: With the successful conclusion of the decades-long war last May and the opening of the main north-south A9 highway local and foreign tourists have flocked to Sri Lanka's North and East to visit places of worship and natural attractions.

With the tourism to the region on the rise the need to develop infrastructure for tourists such as hotels and restaurants has also risen, the government says.

Accordingly, the government is planning to construct a number of hotels and restaurants and other facilities in both Northern Jaffna peninsula and in the East.

Government statistics say nearly 4 million tourists have arrived in Jaffna after the end of the war. A large number of tourists also arrive in the east to visit the beaches in the area.

The government plans to establish a tourist corridor along the coastal line connecting Arugum Bay, PasikKudah Beach in Batticaloa and Nilaweli Beach in Trincomalee.

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