Lankapage Logo Recent Top Stories
CP 13 YEARS
Go Home Home Serving the Sri Lankan community globally since 2000
go to LankaPage.com

Leading News from Sri Lanka::

* Sri Lanka welcomes one millionth tourist in 2012
Mon, Dec 31, 2012, 11:58 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Dec 31, Colombo: Sri Lanka welcomed the one millionth tourist in 2012 to the island Sunday night at the Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake.

Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Lakshman Yapa Abeywardena, Chairman of Sri Lanka Tourism Bhashwara Gunaratne and officials of the Sri Lanka Tourism were at the airport to welcome the one millionth tourist, Ms. Jiang Ying from China.

The tourist and her husband arrived on board SriLankan Airlines UL 188 flight from Beijing, China.

Sri Lanka with 883,353 tourists in the 11 months to November surpassed Maldives in terms of tourist arrivals.

The country welcomed the 950,000th visitor on December 18th accomplishing the annual target for 2012. One million tourist arrivals in 2012 are estimated to bring revenues exceeding one US$ billion, up from last year's record income of $830.3 million earned from 855,975 arrivals.

Sri Lanka has set a target of 1.3 million tourist arrivals for 2013.

Since the end of the war against the Tamil Tiger terrorists in May 2009, the country has seen increasing tourist arrivals every year for the past three years.



ColomboPage - Recent 10 Stories
Sri Lankan President calls on SAARC nations to join forces against external threats
-- [1 hour and 3 minutes ago]
Another Sri Lanka ruling party MP joins opposition
-- [6 hours ago]
UNP General Secretary will not crossover to government, pledges to support common candidate
-- [6 hours ago]
MDMK leader celebrates Sri Lanka's slain terrorist leader's 60th birth anniversary
-- [7 hours ago]
Sri Lanka's extremist Buddhist group promotes racial and religious violence against minorities - UN report
-- [8 hours ago]
Sri Lanka annual Bank Directors' Symposium today
-- [9 hours ago]
18th SAARC Summit begins in Kathmandu
-- [9 hours ago]
Defense Ministry to acquire Lanka Cement factory premises in Kankasanthurai
Sri Lanka to invite foreign election monitors, but not UN monitors
Japan Airlines and SriLankan Airlines launch codeshare cooperation

Copyright © 2000, 2012 by LankaPage.com (LLC) :
The news and other contents on ColomboPage are copyrighted property of LankaPage.com, LLC. Any unauthorized use of any information on ColomboPage may constitute a violation of copyright laws. You need written permission to reproduce, republish, post, transmit, broadcast or distribute, material from this site from LankaPage.com, LLC. However, news organizations or broadcasters in Sri Lanka may republish the news items in ColomboPage with proper acknowledgment to ColomboPage.