Sri Lanka first half tourism revenues up 50-pct

July 25, 2011 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s tourism industry has earned 370.1 million US dollars in revenues in the first half of 2011, up 50.9 percent from a year earlier, amid a strong increase in arrivals, official data showed. Foreign visitors have been flocking to the country since the end of a 30-year war in 2009 and room rates have also moved up.

In the six months to June arrivals had grown to 381,538, up 36.9 percent from a year earlier, according to data released by the state tourism promotion agency.

The Central Bank data showed that tourism revenues had climbed to 41 billion rupees (370 million US dollars) from 27.9 billion (245 million US dollars) a year earlier.