One million tourists targeted this year
The Tourist Industry, the fourth largest foreign exchange earner,
targets one-million tourists this year.
India, UK, the Middle East and Russia have been identified as high
potential tourist markets by the Ministry of Tourism.
Acting Minister of Tourism Faizer Mustapha told a delegation of
Middle East businessmen and media personnel that special publicity
campaigns have been already launched to capture those markets.
A Rs. 3,600 million project to improve tourist attractions in Negombo,
Nuwara Eliya, Sigiriya, Anuradhapura, Kandy and Colombo will commence
this month and it will be completed before 2012.
According to the Acting Secretary of the Ministry of Tourism K. A. D.
George Michael the Bank of Japan will arrange Yen 2,604 million for this
project under the soft loan scheme and Rs. 600 million will be allocated
by the government.
The Ministry of Tourism will get down 5,025, 000 Japanese tourists to
Sri Lanka under the project.