Aug 29, Colombo: Sri Lanka Tourism Thursday welcomed the arrival of one millionth tourist for the year at the Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) yesterday.
A British couple- Joshua Gladstein and Sophie Nathan who arrived on a SriLankan Airlines flight from London was the one millionth tourist.
Sri Lanka Tourism Managing Director Rumy Jauffer along with representatives from the travel and tourism industry welcomed the couple at the airport.
A special cultural dance recital was held at the BIA to welcome the couple and Sri Lanka Tourism offered a special gift and a complimentary package to the couple.
Sri Lanka has set a target of 1.5 million tourists for the year and with the arrivals of one million tourists in the first eight months of the year, Sri Lanka Tourism is well on its way of achieving the target, the officials said.
In the first seven months of this year tourist arrivals to the island recorded 24.7 percent increase from the corresponding period in 2013.
Sri Lanka Tourism aims to attract 2.5 million tourists by the year 2016.