Sri Lanka expects US$850mn from tourism in 2011

Ishara S. Kodikara | AFP | Getty Images Sri Lanka Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, center, speaks to supporters at the prime minister's official residence in Colombo on December 16, 2018, after he was reappointed as prime minister by Sri Lanka's president, the same man who fired him from the job nearly two months ago.

Dec 30, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka expects to earn 850 million US dollars from tourists in 2011 with annual arrivals expected to reach 830,000 an increase of 26 percent from a year earlier and the industry targeted a billion dollars next year, officials said. But an electronic visa process, which is promised to be hassle free could encourage new markets.

A 2012 total of 830,000 tourists would require 71,000 tourists to visit Sri Lanka in December, a bit lower than the 84,627 visitors last year. Arrivals surged to 90,889 in November up 25 percent from a year earlier.

Officials said the killing of a British tourist in Tangalle in southern Sri Lanka had not resulted in cancellations and the police had been given a free hand bring perpetrators to justice.

“The government will not try to protect anyone,” Minister Abeywardene said. “There has been no meddling.”

All suspects in the incident, including a ruling party local council chief was in police custody, he said.

The Briton was killed and his colleague, a female Russian national who was also holidaying in Sri Lanka was badly injured apparently when they were caught up in a brawl among rival group during party on Christmas eve.

Deputy economic development minister Lakshman Abeyward