Massive rise in Middle East travellers visiting Sri Lanka

Guest Writer

Middle East tourism traffic to Sri Lanka doubled in January compared to the previous corresponding period in 2009.Official figures released by the Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority showed the strongest growth came from Qatar, with visitor numbers up a staggering 171%. The UAE came in second with 164% growth, followed by Kuwait 135% and Saudi Arabia 127 % . Heba Al Ghais Al Mansoori, Middle East director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Board, expects further growth in the coming summer season.

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