Indians among top tourists to Sri Lanka

The booming tourism industry in Sri Lanka has recorded another 30 per cent jump for the first two months of this year, with Indians topping the list of holiday makers to the island nation.

The total number of foreign tourists visiting the island jumped to 139,994 in January and February, up from 108,057 for the corresponding period the previous year, according to the Sri Lanka Tourism statistics released last week.

Indian tourists were the largest single group of foreign holiday makers to visit the island. The number of Indians rose by 36.1 per cent to reach 23,857 for the two-month period compared to 17,524 last year.

British tourists are also on the rise, becoming the number two in terms of number of visitors. The number of Britons rose to 19,132 compared to 18,928 during the first two months of last year.

Sri Lanka’s tourism sector is booming after the end of nearly three decades of ethnic conflict on the island in May 2009.

The island hopes to receive over 700,000 tourists this year compared to the record 650,000 arrivals in 2010, the Economic Times reports.

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