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* Sri Lanka tourist arrivals up in May
Fri, Jun 4, 2010, 11:33 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jun 04, Colombo: Sri Lanka's tourist arrivals in the month of May rose 42.3 percent compared to May 2009, the Tourism Development Authority figures released recently showed.

In May 2010 tourist arrivals in the country reached 35,213 compared to 24,739 in the same period last year.

However, the May arrivals have declined 8 percent from the 38,300 arrivals in the previous month of April.

Since the elimination of terrorism completely from the country a year ago, the tourists have been flocking into the island and arrivals have risen hitting a peak in February 2010 with 57,300 arrivals.

Tourism is a major revenue source for the Sri Lankan government and it expects the income from tourism sector to be doubled in the next five years,

Sri Lanka currently earns over 400 million US dollars annually from the tourism sector an the tourism authorities target tourism revenues up to 2 billion US dollars

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