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* Basil Rajapaksa to assume duties as new Tourism Minister today
Mon, Apr 26, 2010, 09:18 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Apr 26, Colombo: Sri Lanka's newly appointed Economic Development Minister Basil Rajapaksa is also to assume duties as the new Tourism Minister today (26).

Minister Rajapaksa is scheduled to visit the Ministry today to commence work in the respective portfolio.

He is expected to outline the new plans for the tourism industry during his meeting with the media.

The Tourism portfolio was previously held by Achala Jagoda.

Sri Lankan tourism industry is currently on a revival path following the end of the war last year and has seen an increase in the number of foreign tourist arrivals to the country.

Over 34,000 tourists visited Sri Lanka in March 2009 and the figure stood at 52,352 at the end of last month, which according to statistics is a 53.7% increase.

Indians topped the list of tourists arriving in the country with 8,607 visiting Sri Lanka and tourists from the United Kingdom (8,559) and Germany (5,305) closely following.


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