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Tourism in Sri Lanka not impacted due to political tensions with India

On the contrary, political crisis impacted TN, India more as wholesale textiles, dry fruits, other commodities was affected

Aneesh Phadnis  |  Mumbai 

The recent between and has not impacted in the island nation, officials from Sri Lankan government said in Mumbai today.

"There was no major impact on Infact it (political crisis)  impacted Tamil Nadu and more as the wholesale business in textiles, dry fruits and other commodities was affected,'' said Bhaswara Senaka Gunarathna, chairman of Sri Lankan Development Authority said. "When all the protests were happening in there was a significant protest in Colombo too led by Tamil businessmen. They have Indian passports and they wanted the crisis to end,'' Don S Jayaweera, director general in finance and planning ministry added.

between and heightened in March with Indian government voting against in Sri Lankan Airlines had cut down its flights to Chennai and the government issued advisory to its citizens against travelling to Tamil Nadu. Sri Lankan government officials claim that these problems have had very little impact on tourist traffic to their country.

is the largest source market for accounting for nearly 20 percent of all foreign arrivals. In 2012,  over 1.7 lakh Indians travelled to and the development authority is increasing its promotion efforts in   Mumbai, Bangalore, Delhi and Chennai are the biggest markets for Sri Lankan within

 "We have seen 10 percent growth in arrivals from between January-March. We expect 200,000 tourists from this year and by 2016 we expect the figure to go upto 400,000,'' Gunarathna said. Tourism, launched a five year strategic development plan for the sector, from 2011-2016, based on the development policy framework and it includes  serving the needs of all stakeholders and ensuring the economic benefits of the industry expanded within a larger cross section of the society.

  "We have product to cater to each and every budget. We are targetting backpackers and high end tourists equally,'' Gunarathna added.

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First Published: Mon, May 20 2013. 18:28 IST
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