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TABLE-Sri Lanka's June tourist arrivals up 12.8 pct yr/yr
July 17, 2013 / 4:41 AM / 4 years ago

TABLE-Sri Lanka's June tourist arrivals up 12.8 pct yr/yr

July 17 (Reuters) - Tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka jumped
12.8 percent year-on-year in June, government data showed on
Wednesday, with the number of foreign visitors rising for the
50th straight month since a 25-year civil war ended in May 2009.
    The island nation expects around 1.25 million foreign
visitors generating revenue of $1.5 billion this year, both at 
record high levels.     
    The following table shows tourist arrivals in Sri Lanka:
                      2013        2012       Change  
                                             (in %)  
      June           73,628      65,245       12.8   
      Jan-June      512,281     452,867       13.1
    Latest data on tourism earnings (in U.S. dollar mln) 
                        2013        2012       Change  
                                               (in %)  
      Jan-April*       407.2       339.8         19.8  
      Jan-December     830.3     1,038.7         25.1 
    * Latest provisional central bank data
    Tourism is one of the main foreign exchange earners for Sri
Lanka's $59 billion economy with the garment and tea industries,
and remittances from expatriate workers accounting for the rest.
($1 = 131.20 rupees)

 (Reporting by Shihar Aneez and Ranga Sirilal in COLOMBO;
Editing by Prateek Chatterjee)

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