Sri Lanka tourist arrivals top 800,000 by Dec 19

Dec 19, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka greeted its 800,000th tourist on December 19, with arrivals up 33.1 percent from the 654,476 in the 12-months to December 2009, the island’s tourist promotion office said. Sri Lanka is expecting 2.5 million visitors by 2016.

The 800,000th tourist arrived from flight from UK, and was welcomed by top tourism officials, a statement said.

In November Sri Lanka topped the year-end target of 750,000 tourists, with a record 90,889 visitor coming during the month.

Officials say December arrivals may be about 100,000 visitors.