|Improving law and order situation help rise tourists in Lanka|
|Friday, 05 September 2008|
T V Sriram
Colombo, Sept 4 (PTI) The number of tourists visiting Sri Lanka has increased steadily and is expected to cross 7.11 lakh this year, the immigration department has said, attributing it to the improving law and order situation.
"Despite adverse travel advisories by some countries, the tourists’ arrivals here have only increased substantially depicting the return of peace in the country," the Controller, Visa, of Sri Lankan Department of Immigration and Emigration, Damayanthi Jayaratne said.
"The new advisory allows tour operators from Belgium to market Sri Lanka aggressively for the upcoming winter season," it said, adding that the relaxed travel advisory only mentions travel restrictions to the North and the Eastern regions and Yala.
"It is hoped that the Belgium travel advisory will result in similar relaxations of travel advisory from other European nations as well," the SLT said in a statement.
Jayaratne said for many foreigners Sri Lanka was a "dream land" with its vast stretches of sea coasts and availability of good infrastructure.
"We have already issued 5.19 lakhs of tourist visas for foreigners till August 31, 2008 and the tourist season is yet to come," Jayaratne said adding there were encouraging signs of the levels easily crossing the last years mark of 7.11 lakhs.
(Courtesy : PTI )
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