|Tourist Arrivals up 12.8% in Sri Lanka|
Sri Lanka’s tourist arrivals rose 12.8 percent in June this year compared to the same period last year(2012), the data released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority (SLTDA) showed. The month recorded 73,628 tourists arriving in the country compared to the 65,245 arrived in June 2012. Tourist arrivals recorded a 13.1 % increase in the first half of this year with 512,281 tourists arriving in the island.
Sri Lanka fulfilled its target of one million tourist arrivals last year and earned over US$ 1 billion from tourism. The country targets 2.5 million tourist arrivals by 2016.