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650,000 tourist arrivals targeted for this year

Sep 26, 2010 5:45:42 AM - itnnews.lk

Sri Lanka is targeting about 650,000 tourist arrivals this year from around the world.

Chinthaka Weerasinghe, area manager Kerala of Sri Lankan Airlines told reporters that the island registered a total of 500,000 tourist arrivals from various countries last year, of which 100,000 were from India. He said India and Western Europe are the main contributors in the emerging leisure traffic to Sri Lanka, which is becoming a very popular destination.

The airlines is participating in the ongoing Kerala Travel Mart and is wooing Indian tourists with various packages. Mr. Weerasinghe pointed out that the airline had recently launched a special air fare for all young Indians to visit and discover Sri Lanka from now to until June next year. He added that those aged between 16 and 27 would be given discounted packages. The special ‘youth fares’ are currently operative from each of the six cities– Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Thiruvananthapuram and Tiruchirapalli. He revealed of their plans plans to re-start its operations from Kochi and a proposal to start service to China and western Europe from January next year.