"The month of June has seen exceptional growth with travelers from Saudi Arabia and UAE leading the resurgence to post extraordinary growth during the month of June with Saudi travelers up by 186% and UAE travelers up by 181% compared to the same month last year," she said.
"We are confident that this growth will be sustained and we hope to better our numbers during the Eid break and year-end through sustained promotional efforts and strengthening support for the travel trade in the region as we see an increased awareness both among the travel trade and the consumers for Sri Lanka as a preferred destination."
Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of Sri Lankans displaced by war are still confined to military-run camps.
According to report by Associated Press news agency the United States has expressed its concern over the humanitarian crisis in the country and has pledged $8m towards a resettlement programme for some 280,000 people living in camps.
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Chaney May 17, 2012 04:44 am
I was in Sri Lanka in Jan for a 14 day holiday with my girlfriend. Such a beautiful place and soo many things to see. I couldn't believe that this tiny island was hiding from the world for soo many years.
Sri Lanka has some great hotels too, we spent time in the hill country in Nuwara eliya, Horton Plans where the weather is really nice and cool! Spent some time on the beach in Unawatuna and stayed in Colombo for 2 nights.
Sri Lanka has only one international hotel brand and that is the Hilton. We stayed at Hilton Colombo, and as always they offered the best service and very happy and smiling staff like in any other Hilton. very nice hotel, really good location and close to all the shopping areas and entertainment places. Their are other local hotels in Colombo but the service was not too good.